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Lee County Young Leaders

Modeled after Leadership Lee County, the Lee County Young Leaders program (LCYL) is an exciting program of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce that focuses on the youth of Lee County. The chamber strives to help cultivate and grow leaders in our community that can one day meet future challenges that arise in our city, county and state. The LCYL program helps us accomplish that by serving as a vehicle for fostering the potential in our young people and exposing them to important aspects of our community.  

This prestigious program upholds a standard of excellence by picking the top 27 juniors from ten high schools, home schools and private schools in Lee County through an application process. The nine-month program runs from August to April with a graduation ceremony at the end. The students get several amazing opportunities including: meeting leaders all over Lee County, touring Southern Union and Auburn University, serving the Food Bank of East Alabama, visiting Montgomery to learn about state government, and so much more! The program requires one full day out of school which is an excused absence. The student also receives a 1 hour Leadership credit to Southern Union. 

2021-2022 Class

OPELIKA HIGH SCHOOL

Railey Jones

Lindsie Klepper

Sydney Lowe

Ellis Andrew Royal

Vera SmithT

LOACHAPOKA HIGH SCHOOL

Latunda Echols

Jahunna Neston

LEE-SCOTT ACADEMY

Libby Williamson

Emma Frances Zellner

AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL

Patrick Bingham

Kylie Nimmo

Jahanzeb Rafay

Gracie Wilson

SMITHS STATION HIGH SCHOOL

Jaelyn Chance

Latham Girona

Mary-Carol Graydon

Thomas Kelley

Cadence Vining

Jack Wisdom

BEAUREGARD HIGH SCHOOL

James Conway

Joshua Len

Gracie Sosebee

BEULAH HIGH SCHOOL

Emma Brewer

Caty McConnell

TRINITY CHRISTIAN

Anna Kate Hammett

GLENWOOD ACADEMY

Tristan Mayhand

2021-2022 Young Leaders Board of Directors

Mackenzie Poole, Director - Opelika Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Jason Wright, Chair - Lee County Schools

Andrea Mitchell, Vice Chair - City of Auburn, Economic Development

Judy Jones, Secretary - Retired Social Worker

Pam Norris, Treasurer - AMSTI Auburn University

Gina Allen - Auburn University at Montgomery

Tara Barr - Extension Office

James Bush - City of Opelika

Vertrina Grubbs - Southern Union

Marie Harris - Auburn City Schools

 

Jamie Lowe - Administrator for Judge Fellows

Andre Marcus - East Alabama Health

Wendy Mickle - ESG Operations, LLC

Katie Murray - Opelika City Schools

Myles Tatum - MisSouth Paving Inc.

Bailey Ward - Auburn University

Fred Woods - Retired Newspaper

Gary Branch, Ex-Offico - Southern Union State Community College

Ali Rauch, Ex-Offico - Opelika Chamber of Commerce

If you would like more information on Opelika Chamber's committees & councils, contact

Mackenzie Poole, Director of Leadership & Events at mackenzie@opelikachamber.com.