Leadership Highland Celebrates the Graduation of the Class of 2018-2019

Brooke Beam, PhD

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

June 4, 2019

On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, the Leadership Highland Class of 2018-2019 celebrated their graduation from the program with a public presentation. The program was held in the Highland County Administration Building. Each member of the class presented about different aspects of the program, ranging from the leadership training sessions to tours of local and regional businesses.

Graduates of the Leadership Highland class of 2018-2019 are Elizabeth Brennfleck, Destiny Bryson, Melissa Elmore, Mathew Greene, Diana Grooms, Michael Hart, Rob Holt, and Michelle Unsworth.

We would like to thank the following businesses, organizations, and individuals for their support of the Leadership Highland program this year, they are listed in the chronological order they were visited during the Leadership Highland program:

Laurel Oaks Vocational School


Highland County Board of DD

Bagshaw Enterprises

Edward Jones – Mat Greene

Highland County Visitors Bureau

Highland County Chamber of Commerce

Merchants National Bank

First State Bank

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County

Greenfield Exempted Village Schools

Rocky Fork State Park

Ohio State University Leadership Institute

Greenfield Historical Society

Hillsboro Historical Society

Jack Hope

Mayor Drew Hastings

Lynchburg Historical Society

180th Fighter Wing

Fallsville Wildlife Area

Davis Farms

David Daniels

Ohio State University South Centers

Highland District Hospital

Highland County Sheriff’s Office

Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District

Highland County Health Department

Highland County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency

Noreen’s School of Dance

Becky Nesbitt

Clinton County Port Authority

Highland County Commissioners

Tom Horst

Tom Parrin

Judge Rocky Coss

Highland County Engineer

Batter Up Bakery

Higgins Steel Roofing

Southern State Community College

Wilmington College

Greenfield Exempted Village School District

Senator Bob Peterson

Representative Shane Wilkin

Bright Local Schools

Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers


Leadership Highland also partnered with Greenfield Exempted Village Schools students to create videos of the program. The above video is a brief history of the Historic Parker House and Bell’s Opera House in Hillsboro, OH. The content was filmed during the Leadership Highland tours in September of 2018 and edited as a high school class project.

For more information about the Leadership Highland program, please contact the Ohio State University Extension Office at 937-393-1918. Applications are being accepted through June 30, 2019, for the next class of Leadership Highland.

Upcoming Programs:

A Video Editing Workshop II will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2019, at 3 P.M. at the Lynchburg Library. This workshop will teach basic editing principles on both laptops and mobile devices. Bring your own computer or mobile device to participate. RSVP to the OSU Extension Office at 937-393-1918.

A Hops Workshop will be held on July 18, 2019. Cost to attend is $30.00 per person. The workshop will include lunch and a tour of Old Dutch Hops. Preregister at 937-393-1918 or visit the Highland County Extension office. The workshop will be held at the Ponderosa Center at 545 S. High Street, Hillsboro, OH.

The Germinate International Film Fest will be accepting submissions through June 30, 2019. The festival will be held on August 16 & 17, 2019, in Hillsboro, Ohio. For more information or to apply, visithttps://filmfreeway.com/GerminateInternationalFilmFest. Contact Brooke Beam at the OSU Extension Office for more information at 937-393-1918.

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