The group worked to make changes, including coordinating a scholarship as an incentive. But they also worked with Ottumwa schools. Thursday night, they announced that the requirement at Ottumwa High School to be considered for the Silver Cord program would now decrease from 400 hours to 200.
There were four groups: The others focused on ways to reduce teen pregnancy, an effort to get neighborhoods to rediscover community pride and a campaign to educate more people about the benefits of shopping locally.
Executive Director Hollie Tometich said this is the second class of graduates from the Ottumwa Leadership Academy. The course lasts 10 months, with tuition often paid by a participant's business leaders. This class had 20 students.
"As an educator," said Sprouse, "I realize how important those leadership opportunities are."
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