Youth Leadership Program's Investment Bears Fruit in Montoursville

Published 07.11.2013


Surveying student-initiated renovations at Montoursville Area High School are, from left, Elizabeth G. Verbos, coordinator of admissions and enrollment event services at Penn College; recent Montoursville graduate Nicole A. Payne, who helped spearhead the makeover; college President Davie Jane Gilmour; and Bradley M. Webb, director of student affairs administration. Verbos and Webb facilitate the youth leadership program, in which the school project was a 2012 finalist for funding.The group joins Daniel D. Taormina, Montoursville Area High School principal, at one of the courtyard tables.President Davie Jane Gilmour and colleagues traveled to Montoursville Area High School this week to see a beautifully renovated courtyard that was partially funded through the Penn College Youth Leadership initiative, begun several years ago to help students identify and address their respective communities'  needs. Montoursville participants in the 2012 program – Abigail A. Caviston and Justice E. Rooker, who graduated that year from high school, as well as Nicole A. Payne, who was this year's class valedictorian – were awarded $450 toward rehabilitation of a neglected school courtyard. Now that the work has been completed, the campus contingent paid a visit to check out the improvements.
Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer