By Ashley Rader
High school students from all around Carter County took to the trees at Doe River Gorge Wednesday afternoon to learn team building and communication skills as a part of the Carter County Youth Leadership Class.
There are 28 high school students enrolled in the 2013-2014 Carter County Youth Leadership Class, coming from Cloudland, Elizabethton, Hampton, Unaka and Happy Valley high schools as well as from homeschool. One student is a senior, and all the others are juniors in high school.
MacKenzie Schaffner is the first homeschool student to be a part of the Youth Leadership Class.
“It is pretty cool to be the first homeschool student to be in Youth Leadership,” Schaffner said. “I am thankful for the opportunity. It has been great getting to know all the kids from the other schools.”
Milligan College Public Relations Director and Youth Leadership Director Chandrea Shell said the program had invited homeschool students to participate but none had accepted before.
“We have asked homeschool students to be a part of Youth Leadership in the past,” Shell said. “We do accept recommendations from the community. When they know of a student who would be a good candidate for the program, we extend the invitation to them for the interview and application process.”