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Leadership Ennis shows its support for local students

Leadership Ennis offers community members a unique opportunity to get to know the city where they live, work and play, and that is something we could all do a little more.
It can be easy to get tunnel vision and lose track of the unique qualities that make Ennis a jewel of a city to live and work in, and that is unfortunate.
Leadership Ennis began in 2007, and offers nine-month programs every year that give a full view of the city, from its government and people to its unique history and place in the state.
Knowing more about the area can be empowering, and it makes people feel close to something bigger than themselves.
That is the kind of community access Leadership Ennis strives to provide. Students of the program learn about the community and its people, but Leadership Ennis also provides an opportunity to give back to this city in ways that can make a real and significant impact on people’s lives. That’s no small thing — it’s easy to talk the talk, but walking the walk is quite different.
This year’s class went about the task of raising funds to go toward the education of an outstanding local high school student headed for college. That’s a first for the community, one that we can be proud that Leadership Ennis has organized. The Ennis Chamber of Commerce-driven leadership class has shown a strong commitment to improving Ennis through the fundraising effort, and that is encouraging for the future of the program and its impact locally.
Student Claire Alston’s leadership qualities were apparent to the group through face-to-face interviews conducted as part of this year’s scholarship drive.
Alston is smiling about her award, for sure. The Ennis High School student plans to pursue her college career at the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Leadership Ennis Class has lightened the financial burden Alston faces by $1,000.
That is no small thing, indeed, and the good news will continue from here out, as well.
What was a class project for this year’s Leadership Ennis class is set to become an annual effort to help send more local high school students to postsecondary education.
The organization received 12 applications for this first year of the scholarship program, and we have a feeling next year that number will grow.
We have to say thank you to the class of up-and-coming community leaders for their involvement in the city’s future, and we hope more follow suit.

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