Youth Leadership Edmond Class XVIII Graduates 41

Posted by Brittany Willison on 05/21/2019

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Leadership Edmond (YLE) Class XVIII graduated 41 Edmond high school juniors on Monday, April 29 at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). Youth Leadership Edmond, under the direction of Amanda Bowen, works to motivate and equip high school juniors with leadership skills through activities and interaction with Edmond community leaders. The program is presented by Francis Tuttle Technology Center. Graduation was presented by University of Central Oklahoma.

YLE graduates are high school juniors who reside in Edmond city limits and/or the Edmond Public School District and attend Edmond Public Schools, private school or are home schooled. “We’re excited to see what these students will accomplish,” said Bowen. “They are a bright group of leaders, and we hope we’ve shown them the many reasons to make Edmond home in the future.” All students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher, had to fill out a written application and go though an interview process. Each student has been selected for the class by demonstrating leadership or leadership potential in family, community and/or school activities. The students also expressed an interest in furthering their knowledge of the Edmond community.

Graduates include: Ryan Ackerman, Memorial; Ella Rose Adams, North; Sydney Adkins, Santa Fe; Aayah Alnabhan, Santa Fe; Elden Bruner, North; Gracie Burleson, North; Olivia Castilla, North; Ainsley Clifton; Oklahoma Christian Academy; Matt Cromer, Memorial; Kyla Ellis, Memorial; Erin Feeley, Santa Fe; Faith Ferrell, North; Taylor Foster, Peyton Garrett, Memorial; Mackenzie Goings, Memorial; Sydney Hester, North; Rakin Hussain, Santa Fe; Meg Jackson, North; Brook Jones, Santa Fe; Major Kerr, Memorial; Kiley Kersgieter, Memorial; Shreva Kumar, Santa Fe; Lily Lee, North; Keegan Leibrock; Helen Ly, Santa Fe; Grant Lyon, Santa Fe; Madison Merideth, Santa Fe; Lauren Minnix, North; Ethan Ng, Santa Fe; Ashley Nguyen, Memorial; Dalton Payne, Santa Fe; Anar Purevbaatar, Santa Fe; Brooke Rice, North; Milena Semere, Santa Fe; Fiza Sheikh, Santa Fe; Emily Smith, North; Sammie Smith, North; Anna Grace Webb, Oklahoma Christian School; Chloe White, Santa Fe; Sydney Wong, North; and Josh Zhu, Santa Fe.

YLE would not be possible without the support of Edmond Public Schools and the program’s session sponsors including the City of Edmond, MIDCON, Cowboy Chicken and Panera. The Edmond Chamber would like to thank the many volunteers that reviewed applications, interviewed students and shared their expertise and insight during sessions. “City and business leaders come together every year to create a one-of-a-kind experience for these students,” said Edmond Chamber President and CEO Sherry Jordan. “We’re thankful for the support of our community. This program truly is special.” Ashley Nguyen and Dalton Payne were the class speakers chosen by classmates to address the graduates at the ceremony.  

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice for business. It is an organization of nearly 1,000 members working together to create a strong local economy and to promote the community. The Edmond Chamber provides networking opportunities and business contacts for members and represents business interests to government.  For information about the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, visit or call 405-341-2808.  Media inquiries should contact Brittany Willison, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 405-216-2025 or email [email protected]