Grafton High School demonstrates youth leadership at YLA Fall Conference


WESTON, WV—Thirteen Grafton High School students recently attended an event that helped them to learn skills that will be beneficial in their futures, as well as offered them ways to use their minds, while building relationships with others.

Teens were inspired to “See the Dream, Live the Adventure” in a fun and engaging weekend of growth, learning, and networking at WVU Jackson’s Mill on November 12 - 14. 

The Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association (YLA) presented the annual Conference with the support of a team of YLA alumni volunteers. 

Since 1867, YLA has encouraged teens to become active and engaged in their communities through programs that promote leadership, character, service, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. 

This year’s conference marked the 100th year of the fall conference program in West Virginia. 

This year’s conference gave students the opportunity to step forward into real leadership roles with guidance from YLA staff and volunteers. High school youth prepared and facilitated workshops for their peers, planned and implemented the schedule, managed promotion, and recruited others to attend and participate in YLA programs throughout the two states. 

Other highlights of the conference included an Escape Room team building adventure, awards ceremony and banquet, simulations of YLA’s Model United Nations and Youth in Government sessions, a fun Karaoke night, and hands-on service projects to support local communities. 

Students and adults worked together to make holiday gifts for nursing homes, hospital patients, animal shelters, and communities in need.

More than 80 students and adults from across West Virginia and Ohio attended the conference. 

Representing Grafton High School were Michael Niggermyer, Landen Hulley, Jordan Niggermyer, Payton Shreve,      Nathan Castle, Kayla Greathouse, Alex Himes, River Sipes and Katelyn Novisky, Caroline Wellman, Torrie Cayton, Brylen Purkey and Jade Hall.

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