Congratulations UthMpact Class V Graduates!
On Thursday evening, April 7, 2016, UthMpact celebrated graduation for its Fifth Class of High School Student Leaders who successfully completed the 2015-2016 UthMpact Leadership Program. We are extremely proud that nearly 200 students representing every high school in the county have been enriched by this program in its five years in existence.
The UthMpact Leadership Program, spearheaded by InnerAct Alliance, StandUP Polk Coalition, UthMpact Coalition, and key business partners, is designed to help teens develop crucial leadership skills and entails a two-day summer retreat, six Leadership Days spent traveling throughout the community experiencing the inner workings of local government, healthcare, education, business, volunteerism, and law enforcement, as well as participation in dozens of events and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The group’s most prominent project has been its social-norms program, now in its 6th year, that has impacted students in area high schools with important messages about bullying, distracted driving, tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, and prescription drugs.
Congratulations to our UthMpact Class V Graduates: Alyssa Blythe, Morgan Boles, Ana Brighton, AJ Cadena, Gabrielle Clark, Audrey Cossin, Trenton Curtis, Connor Devore, Alex Fagan, Rebecca Green, Macy Gullifer, Andre Hall, Trevor Hallett, Kayli Higginbotham, Hannah Hogg, Taylor Jackson, Francis Mabito, George Madden, Demetrius Marshall, II, Megan Martinez, Magdalena Moskal, Sydney Mumbauer, Sadie Owen, Nandan Patel, Victor Persichetti, Colin Phillips, Desmond Richemond, Yatziri Rodriguez, Brandon Rubio, India Saxena, Lyla Saxena, Rachel Swygert, Carlos Torres, Greeshma Venigalla, Anastasia Wall-Lobdell, Taylor Welch, Caleb Willis, and Cole Yrastorza.
The April 7th ceremony also honored graduating seniors from UthMpact classes III, IV, and V: Bella Basalone, Morgan Boles, Gabrielle Clark, Jared Cossin, Catherine Curran, Emily Dunson, Lindsay Giliam, George Madden, Megan Martinez, Magdalena Moskal, Hadley Owen, Michaela Sawyer, Julia Schindler, James Shiver, Rachel Swygert, Carlos Torres, and Cole Yrastorza.
UthMpact is proud to congratulate James Shiver and Bella Basalone, two deserving students who each were awarded $500 UthMpact Scholarships for exemplifying the qualities of leadership within UthMpact and their respective schools and communities. Other special awards presented at the UthMpact ceremony were the “Lasting Impact Award” to Anastasia Wall-Lobdell, for her impactful leadership embodying the mission and future vision of UthMpact, and “Most Community Service Hours” to Desmond Richemond.