Eight Cherokee County students selected for Model ARC program
by Ellen Eldridge
July 26, 2014 10:37 PM | 3238 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Eight Cherokee County School District students were recently selected to participate in a program designed to immerse and engage metro area high school students in key issues affecting the Atlanta region.

The Model Atlanta Regional Commission seeks to involve 55 students in the region with planning the city’s future, its website showed.

In its 17th year, the award-winning program gives teens an opportunity to learn more about the community in which they live, while honing their leadership skills.

The Atlanta Regional Commission is the official planning agency for the 10-county metro Atlanta region. It presents an annual program, bringing select high school students from the metro area together for a youth leadership program.

Participants are selected by an ARC committee based on applications, which note academic achievement and extra-curricular activities, a letter of recommendation from a teacher and an essay about a regional issue that interests the student the most.

Dennis Burnette of Canton, who is Cherokee County’s longtime citizen representative on the ARC Board, said while CCSD historically always has had strong participation in the Model ARC, it is “superb” eight of the 55 students selected are from the county and local school district.

The eight CCSD students are: from Etowah High School, sophomore Sindhu Maniv-annan; from River Ridge High School, junior Kelly Mayes; from Sequoyah High School; junior Yeseul Heo, junior Zaria Hunter and sophomore Isabelle Riddle; and from Woodstock High School, sophomore Austin Cox, junior Michael Papadimitriou and junior Paula Ruiz.

Etowah High School Principal Keith Ball described Maniv-annan as a model student.

“Her intelligence and work ethic are trumped only by her character and selflessness,” Ball said. “It is an honor and privilege to have her as a student at Etowah High School.”

Students in the program attend monthly meetings during the school year beginning in September, as well as an overnight retreat in the fall. They will learn about how local governments work together to address regional needs, such as transportation, water supply, land use, sustainability and human services. Activities include hands-on exercises and visits to sites throughout metro Atlanta, with a capstone project of proposing resolutions to the ARC Board that would improve life in metro Atlanta.

For more information on the program, visit the ARC website at www.atlantaregional.com/about-us/leadership-opportunities/model-atlanta-regional-commission.

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