On Tuesday, September 9, Class XX of the Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership program from across Lawrence County boarded a bus for their annual trip to the 4-H Center in Ferndale and the Arkansas State Capital.  Leadership members representing Sloan-Hendrix included Bailey Bradley, Madison Luffman, Brittany Gosha, and Maegan Brown.

The overnight trip included leadership and communication conferences, learning their true colors, and the ever popular ropes course.  More conferences were scheduled at Little Rock as well as a tour of the capital.  According to Luffman, “I am scared of heights and the ropes course was much higher off the ground than I expected.  But, I did it and faced my fears.  It feels great!”  Bradley said, “It was so much sketchier that I thought it would be.  You have to learn to trust yourself and each other.  I also learned my true color, orange, and how I interact with others.”  This is the twentieth year for the Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Program in Lawrence County.  The program strives to prepare young people to be leaders in the county and in their local communities.

Besides meetings every other week and the trip to Little Rock, each school group is also responsible for participating in a project that benefits the school/community.  The Sloan-Hendrix Leadership group’s project for this year was the 3 on 3 Tournament benefiting the family of Jessica Smith.  The Leadership Program graduation ceremony will be held in November.  Retired SHHS teacher, Mr. John Thomison serves as the Sloan-Hendrix advisor.