Helena Teen Council welcomes 2016-17 members

Helena Mayor Mark Hall, center, congratulates the newest members of the Helena Teen Council. The members were recognized at the Sept. 12 Helena City Council meeting. (Reporter Photo/Graham Brooks)

Helena Mayor Mark Hall, center, congratulates the newest members of the Helena Teen Council. The members were recognized at the Sept. 12 Helena City Council meeting. (Reporter Photo/Graham Brooks)

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–The Helena Teen Council welcomed its newest members by formally recognizing the group at the Helena City Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 12.

The Helena Teen Council is an organization run by the city of Helena to promote volunteerism, leadership and knowledge about the city.

The group of students selected to be a part of the Helena Teen Council organization will be able to experience key government speakers with both local and state governments, learn what goes into running a city, organize beneficial projects, get their Give Me 5 hours, be with friends, start building a resume and become a stronger leader in the community.

This is the third year of the Helena Teen Council and members consist of students in grade levels 9-12.

In addition to committing to attending two meetings per month, applicants had to turn in a teacher recommendation form and write an essay.

“There was an application process and we were so excited over the turnout and I loved reading y’all’s essays and I loved reading what your teachers said about you,” said Helena Councilwoman Cris Nelson before introducing the newest members at the Sept. 12 meeting. “That was so cool and so rewarding.”

Incoming Helena Councilwoman Alice Lobell will take over the organization and in the past the group has visited the state capital in Montgomery, met political leaders such as Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster and State Treasurer Young Boozer and more.

Here are the 2016-17 Helena Teen Council members:

Taylor Causey

Sarah Collins

Lauren Decroes

Taylor Hinch

Kerrian Pruitt

Will Rogers

Caylie Yarborough

Natalie Blocker

Jacob Bradford

Lauren Caver

Kirsen Gardner

Morgan Jacobs

Madison Laney