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2016-17 YLA holds orientation

Shown in the front row from L to R: Kaela Young, Katelyn Barron, Keyaira Wilson, Ashlyn Glick, Lauren Metzler and Jasmina Stahly. Middle row from L to R: Kamryn Mothershed, Lazarrian Boykin, Brandy Wooten, Jackson Breckenridge, Austin Williams and Victoria Sawyer. Back row from L to R: Gabby Henderson, Pate Robinson, Cassidy Murphy, Andrew Howell, ShaDiamond Harris and Melissa Wilson. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Shown in the front row from L to R: Kaela Young, Katelyn Barron, Keyaira Wilson, Ashlyn Glick, Lauren Metzler and Jasmina Stahly. Middle row from L to R: Kamryn Mothershed, Lazarrian Boykin, Brandy Wooten, Jackson Breckenridge, Austin Williams and Victoria Sawyer. Back row from L to R: Gabby Henderson, Pate Robinson, Cassidy Murphy, Andrew Howell, ShaDiamond Harris and Melissa Wilson. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Youth Leadership Atmore’s Class of 2017 held its orientation at Trinity Episcopal Church last Tues., Sept. 27.

This is the 22nd year of YLA, and the program lasts between seven to nine months. Graduation is in late April.

Each class member had to go through an interview in September at the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce.

Throughout the year, the 18 juniors from area schools will meet once a month to learn about the history of Atmore, for group tours of businesses and industries and for and visiting a four-year college or university to learn about education opportunities after high school, to name a few.

The YLA class includes Andrew Howell, Escambia Academy; Gabby Henderson, Atmore Christian School; Ashlyn Glick, EA; Brandy Wooten, EA; Cassidy Murphy, EA; Austin Williams, EA; Jackson Breckenridge, EA; Jasmina Stanly, ACS; Kaela Young, ACS; Kamryn Mothershed, ACS; Keyaira Wilson, Escambia County High School; Lauren Metzler, Homeschool; Melissa Wilson, ECHS; Pate Robinson, EA; Katelyn Barron, ECHS; Lazarrian Boykin, ECHS; ShaDiamond Harris, ECHS; and Victoria Sawyer, EA.