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Class of 2017

A.J. Bennett

Emery Paul Benson

Inman N. Coffin

Andrew Coulter

Kaitlyn Ming Cunningham

Elizabeth Ellsworth

Natalie Emert

Ellie French

Bryson Scott Goforth

Ethan Hathcock

Blake Hurst

Reed Jarvis

Eva Kiser

Celeste Laudermilk

Avery Lay

Joey McCall

Lenora Montoya

Emily Morgan

Rachel Ottinger

Aslynn Rasmussen

Kassidy Schilling

Alex Shepherd

Josh Wright

Autumn OBriant

About Us

Youth Leadership Blount (YLB) is a program of Leadership Blount County, a community leadership enhancement and development program. YLB is designed to identify and encourage students who have the potential to be leaders in their schools and community, but may or may not be reaching that potential. The youth class curriculum is focused on learning about Blount County, as well as developing strength and interest in career and college preparedness, volunteerism, and taking on leadership roles.

Program Structure
Each year, a class of rising sophomores is selected by a volunteer committee of alumni from nominations received from the community. Students selected are chosen from the following schools: Alcoa High School, Apostolic Christian Academy, Blount Home Education Association, Clayton-Bradley Academy, Heritage High School, Maryville Christian School, Maryville High School and William Blount High School. Between two and four students are selected from each school. The Leadership Blount Executive Director plans and conducts full-day sessions each month for the ten-month duration of the annual program. Monthly topics may include History and Heritage, Local Government, Education, Health Care, Environment, and Career Exploration.

Tuition is $25 per student. The remainder of the Youth Leadership Blount program costs are funded by sponsorships from businesses and civic organizations, as well as Leadership Blount alumni.


The Leadership Blount office is located on the Maryville College campus. The building is named the Alexander House and can be reached via the Maryville College Circle Drive or by turning on to Alexander Street from Lamar Alexander Parkway (across from the hospital and next to US Bank).

t.  865.984.9368f.  865.984.6968e.  office@leadershipblount.com
502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37803





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