Students representing every high school in Johnston County and Neuse Charter School recently completed Junior Leadership Johnston County 2014. Junior Leadership Johnston is a program to assist emerging youth in their efforts to prepare for leadership positions in business, community, education, and government affairs. The program, open to rising high school juniors, is one week and provides the students with an opportunity to visit and hear from leaders at local businesses and industries, health services, nonprofit agencies, local tourist attractions, and county government including law enforcement agencies. Students apply for the program in February of their sophomore year. Through a selection process, two students from each school are selected to participate.
Highlights of the this year’s program included tours of Novo Nordisk, Sysco, Ava Gardner Museum, Johnston County Heritage Center, Tobacco Farm Life Museum, Smithfield Fire Department, Johnston County Sheriff’s Department, and many other county locations. The students also were given the opportunity to meet with the superintendent of Johnston County Schools and his cabinet members and also portrayed county commissioners and county agency representatives where they were given the task of balancing the county budget. The weeklong program concluded with an evening banquet where the students made presentations based upon the week’s activities and received certificates of completion.