Students from every Johnston County high school, including Neuse Charter School, have completed Junior Leadership Johnston County 2014.
Junior Leadership Johnston helps young people prepare for leadership roles in business, community, education and government affairs. The one-week program, open to rising high school juniors, gives students the opportunity to visit and hear from leaders in local business and industry, health services, nonprofits, 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 chosen.
Highlights of the this year’s program included tours of Novo Nordisk, Sysco, the Ava Gardner Museum, Johnston County Heritage Center, the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, Smithfield Fire Department and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
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Also, students met with the superintendent of Johnston County schools and his cabinets, and they portrayed county commissioners and county agency representatives when given the task of balancing the county budget.
The week-long program ended with an evening banquet, where the students made presentations based upon the week’s activities.