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Niswonger Scholars Meet for Winter Leadership Training

The Niswonger Foundation conducted its annual Winter Leadership Training for their Niswonger Scholars on December 30-31, 2011 at the General Morgan Inn, in Greeneville. The theme for this year’s training was “Becoming a Social Entrepreneur.” Among those making presentations at this year’s training were Brian Rosecrance, Executive Director, Interfaith Hospitality Network, who discussed his perspectives of social entrepreneurship. Robin Shepherd, Landair Accountant, gave a presentation of the “Whys and Hows” of the Angel Fund. Niswonger alumni Katie Baker, Cole Seaton, Adam Miller, Brandi Ricker, Brandon Reeser, Jessica Freshour, Meredith Wachs, Matt Bible, Sean McCullough, Lauren Williams and Tyler Boyd served as a panel to offer their experiences and guidance to the younger Scholars.

After the completion of the first general session and dinner, everyone was delighted to gather in the lobby of the General Morgan Inn for entertainment from two current Niswonger Scholars, Jason Light, on the guitar and Alex Smyth, on the keyboard. Additional Alumni and guests joined the celebration.

The current Niswonger Scholars are (FRESHMEN): Jordan Frye, Piney Flats, University of Tennessee; Lillie Seal, Sneedville, Lincoln Memorial University; Alex Smith, Greene County, Furman University; Christopher Steadman, Blountville, University of Tennessee; Francisco Ochoa-Vargas, Johnson City, Vanderbilt University; (SOPHOMORES) Alex Croghan, Greene County, Lipscomb University; Yaying Wang, Greene County, Emory University; Scott White, Johnson City, University of Tennessee; (JUNIORS) Will Brummett, Jefferson City, Elon University; James Durham, Greene County, University of Notre Dame; Johneshia Good, Johnson City, Milligan College; Elizabeth Jones, Johnson City, Clemson University; Jason Light, Blountville, University of Tennessee; Kayla Williams, Russellville, University of Tennessee;; (SENIORS) Jordan Kim, Morristown, University of Tennessee; Law Loving, Johnson City, Tulane University; Rachel Witt, Mountain City, Vanderbilt University.

Niswonger Scholars participate in two formal leadership training experiences each year. Scholars are chosen primarily for their leadership potential, commitment to personal excellence and to service in their home communities. Their scholarship provides the opportunity to attend the college or university of choice. In exchange, the Scholars commit to returning to serve in their home communities.



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