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Graduates pictured include (from left to right), top row: Captain Dennis Marak, Raphael Ceravolo, Steve McPeek, Malcolm McBryde, Dessie Krumanaker, Katie Blair middle row: Terry Miller, Sarah Kirby, Jamie Rudicel, Alexandra Ramsay, Alysia Marshall-Seslar, Mallory Harrigan, Jessica Thinnes Front row: Sue Wilhelm, April Reed, Stacy Mathias (not pictured: Chris Baut)

Huntington County Leadership Academy congratulates 17 graduates from the 2018 Purdue Extension Community Leadership class.  The group has been meeting since January to develop and strengthen leadership skills and learn more about Huntington County.  Participants were able to participate in tours of and learn more about the following local businesses and organizations: Our Sunday Visitor, Bendix, HCUED, Huntington County Jail and Courthouse, Huntington City Mayor’s chambers, Victory Noll Center, Huntington City Public Library, Pathfinder Services and Purdue Extension.  The group heard from panels of local experts on topics of diversity, community health, economic development, building an employable workforce, and education.  They also had opportunities to learn about volunteering in the community, building personal leadership skills in conflict management and communication as well as how county government works.  Five projects were developed by participants including trail maintenance, volunteer recruiting, after school homework help at Riverview Middle School, building a database of vacant commercial properties and reviving a networking opportunity for local pastors.  For more information on any of these projects, please contact Karen Hinshaw at Purdue Extension Huntington County at

The Huntington County Leadership Academy Board is accepting applications for the 2019 class.  Applications are due by October 31, 2018 for the series that begins in January 2019 and can be obtained by emailing  Current sponsors for the 2019 class include, Huntington County Adult Leadership Board, Purdue Extension, Bendix, Our Sunday Visitor, Pathfinder Services and First Federal Savings Bank.  If your business would like to provide a space to meet with a tour, lunch for the group or a scholarship for a participant to attend, please contact the board at