Local students honed leadership skills at Harding University


  • July 3, 2015
  • /   Staff Reports
  • /   education
The Pensacola Civitan Club sponsored 11 Pensacola area students at the National Leadership Forum at Harding University in Searcy, Ark. The local students who attended were: Jordynn Adams (Pace), Blakeley Baker (Pensacola Catholic), Jamarcus Bennett (Pensacola High), Will Bigler (Gulf Breeze), Kyshon Brown (Pensacola High), Eli Collinsworth (Flomaton High), Alyssa Grizzard (East Hill Christian), Brittney Watts (Pace), Alexis White (Washington), Madelyn White (Pensacola Catholic), and Donavan York (Gulf Breeze). Civitan Constance Bartell was the chaperone. The forum focuses on equipping student leaders with the knowledge and skills to make them confident, effective leaders. Presentations were given by such leaders as: Dean Sikes of the Spirit of America Foundation urging delegates to “Discover Your Destiny;” John Foppe, motivational speaker addressing “Life is an Attitude;” educator Pat Socia, encouraging sexual moral leadership; Melissa Bratton of the Tennessee Farm Bureau examining critical issues facing the environment and agriculture; Harding’s Andrew Baker spoke on “Social Media for Social Good” ; B. Chris Simpson sharing how “Leaders Communicate;” and Dr. Dee Carson leading the students to discover their leadership and learning styles. More than 220 young people from five states attended. Harding University, with an enrollment of 7,000, is the largest private university in Arkansas.