Nine alumni of Leadership Lackawanna’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program were nominated as Scholastic Superstars by the Scranton Times-Tribune, which recognizes high school seniors who excel in academic performance, school activities and community service.
This year’s nominees were Vincent Betti, Valley View High School; Ashleigh Clarke, Lackawanna Trail Junior/Senior High School; Katharine DeFrancesco, Riverside Junior/Senior High School; Abigail Guziewicz, Holy Cross High School; Madison Lee, Lackawanna Trail Junior/Senior High School; Zachary Niemiec, West Scranton High School; Kathryn Retzbach, Lakeland Junior/Senior High School; Alexis Tayoun, Old Forge High School; and Nori Dominique Zaccheo, West Scranton High School.
“I am proud to see so many of our youth leadership alumni selected as superstars. Indeed, while in the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program, these students exemplified the ideals and characteristics of aspiring youth leaders. It’s great knowing they have been recognized for their achievements,” added Leadership Lackawanna Director Nicole Morristell.
The students agreed that their participation in the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program was one of the highlights of their high school years and that it is helping to propel them into their chosen career paths.
“I absolutely loved the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program,” said Alexis Tayoun. “We were taught about the importance of philanthropy and community involvement. Growing up near Scranton, I could not believe how much I learned about it and how I grew as a person from participation in the program. Also, I made new friends and community connections.”
For Nori Zaccheo, participating in Tomorrow’s Leaders Today was the “best decision” she made in her high school career.
“Tomorrow’s Leaders Today fostered teamwork, communication, and interpersonal relationship building,” she said. “It improved my leadership skills significantly, and gave me a major confidence boost. The activities we did really taught me how to bring out my inner leader. It caused me to grow significantly as a student and as a person. “
The seven-month Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program develops the leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills of high school juniors and provides real-world experiences in the areas of philanthropy, non-profit organizations and community service. The program is open to rising high school juniors in Lackawanna County or in the Lackawanna Trail or Western Wayne school districts.
Today, May 26, is the last day to apply for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Program Class of 2017-2018. Click here for more information.