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New academy molds citizen leaders

Nine local high school students are part of the 4-H Innovative Leadership Academy — a new program funded by a grant from the Virginia 4-H Foundation. The inaugural class will focus on leadership, communication, teamwork and problem solving. The students will attend meetings of the local board of supervisors, school board and town council to identify and prioritize issues facing our community, developing goals and strategies to address these issues. Pictured are, from left, front row, Jennifer Bowen, Katie Angle, Clare Calhoun, Kweku Darko, Tyler Kingsley, Sara Gilbert, back row, Omar Abdus-Sabur, Sarah Townsend, Andrew Murphy and Max Gebauer. We commend these students, Bowen and 4-H volunteers and staff for seeking to learn more about what affects our community and how to improve it. (Send ‘Way to Go’ photos with names and a description to waygoto@farmvilleherald.com.)