DCS Juniors Step Your Game Up: Superintendent’s Youth Leadership Council

Written by: Jim Ferguson, Chief Academic Officer for High Schools

When I first heard about SYLC, I thought, “Wow! New York and Washington D.C. would be fun.”  I thought the trips seemed really great but farfetched.  After being accepted into the group, I soon found out that these trips would be my reality.  SYLC took me to places I would never have been able to go on my own.  It has taught me about business through meeting real world business men and women throughout the county.  I have been privileged to have met other students across the county who were very goal oriented and I now consider them my closest friends.  Getting to know these people made me really appreciate all DeSoto County schools, as I was able to meet at least two people from every high school.  It allows you to branch out and meet people interested in a variety of things while creating unity within the district.  Additionally, you have two of the world’s greatest sponsors.  They genuinely care about your wellbeing, which makes the club what it is.  SYLC was always a meeting to which I could not wait to go.  I was involved with many clubs and various extracurricular activities, but I can say with every part of me that SYLC was my absolute favorite group of all time.

Julia Willicoxon
DeSoto Central High School
2013 Salutatorian

 The Superintendent’s Youth Leadership Council is a privately funded organization for juniors and seniors who represent all eight high schools in DeSoto County.  It is a two year leadership program in which students self-nominate in hopes of being selected from their school.  A group of community volunteers judges the applications anonymously and the top two scores from each school are selected.  The students serve for two years.  Alternating years, the students study entrepreneurship and money management while reading books and visiting local businesses and entrepreneurs in the county, culminating in a trip to New York, NY.  Next, they study government and politics by the same method with a trip to Jackson, MS for a tour of our state’s capital.  We speak with our local legislators, visit the House and Senate, tour the governor’s mansion, and many other attractions.  This year culminates in an amazing trip to Washington D.C.

If you or a student you know who is in the 11th grade and is interested in applying, speak with the 11th grade counselor at your school for an application.  The deadline is August 28, 2013.