Over 1,000 Female Students Participate In LeaderRichland

Over 1,000 Female Students Participate In LeaderRichland

  • 5/25/2018 6:20:28 PM
  • Emily Ramey
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH- Over one thousand 7th and 8th-grade female students participated in the 2018 LeaderRichland event at The Ohio State University at Mansfield and North Central State College campus.

LeaderRichland encourages girls to pursue careers and educational goals. During the three-days of the event, students had the opportunity to meet with area professionals in multiple career fields including skilled trades, finance, services, healthcare, education, non-profits, and manufacturing. The connection provides the girls with strong role models and encourages accomplishments while demonstrating the possibilities that exist in the professional field in Richland and its surrounding counties.

The schools that participated in the 7th annual LeaderRichland were Galion, Plymouth-Shiloh, Foundation Academy, Madison, St. Peter’s High School, Lexington, Mansfield, Lucas, Clear Fork and Crestline. LeaderRichland also gives the students the opportunity to expand their awareness by showcasing a multitude of educational options including trade and career schools, two or four-year degrees, and postgraduate work.

One of the featured speakers was Colonel Allison Miller, commander of the 179th Airlift Wing. Miller is the first female commander in the state of Ohio.

“We all have a story. We all have a path. Embrace your story,” Commander Miller said. “Dream big. However, before you do that, dream small.  With each step you take, you will enjoy the journey along the way.”

Another speaker, Ohio State Mansfield Admission Counselor Kayla Garrabrant, encouraged all of the students to be their own superhero.  Her discussion entitled, “Being a Wonder Woman of Richland County” helped the students focus on the many possibilities in their own future.

“I want the students to realize what type of leadership qualities they each have and can use to go out into the world, continue their education, succeed, and also bring their skills back to the Richland County area,” Garrabrant explained.

Founded by Commissioner Marilyn John, LeaderRichland is an annual event of Richland Community Development Group, The Ohio State University at Mansfield and North Central State College.

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