Photos: Kosciusko Mayor’s Youth Council attends leadership summit


The Kosciusko Mayor’s Youth Council attended the 16th Annual Statewide Leadership Summit at Mississippi State University which was held on Friday, March 2 – Saturday, March 3.

This event is organized by the Mississippi Municipal League each year and is hosted by a different University annually.

The keynote speaker was Noah Harris, who is an assistant in the Office of Management and Budget at the White House where he works with federal agencies to help shape regulations.

He is a native of Hattiesburg and a graduate of Harvard, where he served as president of the Harvard student government, becoming the first black male student body president in Harvard’s then-386-year history.

His message to the youth was to value their education as a catalyst to their future and to find their voice and purpose. The students attended breakout sessions with topics such as College 101, Popular decisions vs Wise Decisions, Serving your Community, Your State and Your Nation and the Secretary of State’s Student Ambassador Program.

This year offered a session that was titled Trade Talk, where students were introduced to different industries for those that may be looking for a vocation after high school.

Representatives from the American Public Works Association, Nucor Steel and Truckworx spoke to the students about various jobs in their industries.

Saturday concluded with Think Fast Trivia which taught students about the dangers of vaping, smoking, alcohol, depression, and other issues that many young people face.

“I would like to thank our sponsors of the Mayor’s Youth Council that make these events possible for our kids to attend at no cost,” said Kosciusko Mayor Tim Kyle. “These kids are our future and events like these help them to develop into leaders as they grow into young adults.

Sponsors of the Kosciusko Mayor’s Youth Council are Double S Construction, Enbridge, Dickerson Petroleum and Franks Chevrolet.

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