May 6, 2013
COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
LEAD Scholars to Share Experiences, Introduce New Cohort at Luncheon
CANYON, Texas—The inaugural cohort of LEAD Scholars at West Texas A&M University will share its first-year experiences, successes and future plans during a special end-of-year luncheon at noon Thursday, May 9 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall. The 25 students who comprise the second cohort of LEAD WT Scholars also will be introduced at the event.
The inaugural group will provide the program for the luncheon as they share their experiences and discuss the team projects that will be implemented in fall 2013. The five team projects each address a critical area—poverty and health outreach, local business development, regional Panhandle enhancement, junior high/high school student issues and campus student engagement and retention—where dedicated leadership is needed.
“Prior to LEAD WT, I was solely focused on my own development,” Brittany Castillo, a sophomore communication studies major from Amarillo, said. “Now as a LEAD Scholar, I am motivated to improve myself for the benefit of others.”
The luncheon also will provide the opportunity to announce the WT Leadership Summit hosted by LEAD WT in the fall. The Panhandle Region Team of LEAD WT will invite community leaders, WTAMU and area community college students and area high school students to a one-day leadership conference featuring panel discussions, lectures and brainstorming sessions on leadership.
“It has been great to watch our LEAD Scholars develop through the LEAD WT program.,” Amber Black, LEAD WT coordinator, said. “We are looking forward to our second year, and we are excited about the new class that will start in the fall. These students are making an impact on campus with their leadership.”
A second cohort of 25 students will be introduced. The students are listed by hometown, classification and major.
Alex Deaton, sophomore pre-medicine major
Tiffany LaFleur, sophomore environmental engineering major
Alex Montoya, sophomore mass communication major
Hutton Sharp, sophomore political science major
Caleb Hubbard, sophomore mathematics major
Deidre Hearn, sophomore dance major
Steven Contreras, sophomore biology major
Gustavo Barraza, senior general business major
Jayla Lackey, sophomore public service/administration major
Chandess Yerby, sophomore communication studies major
Angela Bradley, sophomore equine industry and business major
Cheyenne Wells, Colo.
Kristyn Dickey, junior agriculture media and communication
Brianna Griswold, sophomore biology major
Morgan Gadd, sophomore agriculture major
Rhemecka Graham, sophomore business major
Lauren Heinrich, sophomore agriculture media and communication major
Mercedez Hernandez, sophomore pre-medicine major
Sahil Prasla, junior health sciences major
Megan Pirtle, sophomore agriculture media and communication
Edward Pando, sophomore nursing major
Kirsten Youtsey, sophomore education major
Tanner Moore, junior economics major
Rebecca Spruell, sophomore communication disorders major
Tony Ritz, sophomore sports and exercise sciences major
Sarah Horn, sophomore sports and exercise sciences major
Cost to attend the luncheon is $25, and reservations can be made by calling Carley Du Menil at 806-651-2913.