Two community projects unveiled at 6th Leadership Academy graduation

Sourced from Dubois County Free Press

The 2016 Dubois County Leadership Academy concluded its sixth annual session with a graduation ceremony Thursday evening in the CTIM Building on the campus of Vincennes University Jasper.

Two teams, consisting of six members each, presented a detailed breakdown of their Capstone Projects to an audience of their peers, sponsors and DCLA board members.

The graduation serves as the final of the six session class schedule, with gatherings divided equally between the supporting communities of Ferdinand, Jasper and Huntingburg.

The Rack Stars team, consisting of Jordan Kleinhelter, Colin Leinenbach, Ryan Heim, Kyle Obermeier, Haley Rosenkranz and Kitty Merkley, will install customized bike racks at various parks in the community. The racks will be in the shape of the first letter of the participating communities names.

The team went through the process of implementing their idea from concept and design of the racks to completion of a working model. They met with the various park boards for permission and potential rack locations, as well as worked on procuring the funding necessary to finalize the project.

Team Trail Blazers, made up of Stephanie Rawlins, Bobbi Woebkenberg, Mark Csernik, Neil Weyer, Lisa Bower and Clyde Harper, extended a .27 mile section of walking trail along the northwest corner of the VUJ Campus. During their presentation, the team described the brainstorming process needed to find an idea everyone was on board with, as well as some logistical and equipment issues during the initial work session and touching on the benefits of connecting this section with the existing trail system.

The team estimates the new extension will be completed with one more work session. (Story here)

Following the Capstone Projects, board members presented graduates with engraved crystal awards to acknowledge their hard work and participation in the Academy.