Tomorrow’s leaders explore today’s careers through program

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Students learn about the history of Commerce Bank and the banking industry during a trip to learn about small businesses as part of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program through Cassville High School. Contributed photo

Students gain insight into careers, leadership

Today’s leaders are always looking for ways to prepare and groom future leaders.

Through joint partnerships between the Cassville Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and a Cassville High School program, seniors have the opportunity to view tomorrow’s opportunities through the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT) program.

TLT students visited Justin Boots for Industry Day on November 9, and also George’s, Able 2, Arning and Regal. Contributed photo

“The TLT program seeks to recognize students for their dedication to, and excellence in scholarship, leadership, character, and community service,” said Brittany Farris, Cassville Chamber director. “Those [students] who have been selected as part of the program must maintain high standards, remain active in organizations, and demonstrate positive leadership in all aspects of student life.”

The program introduces seniors to a plethora of local business professionals and job opportunities within their community, tells them what educational credentials are needed and allows them to make connections, Farris said.

“We try to give information about a variety of different careers to the students,” said Farris, adding that students not only learn about the history of local businesses they visit through the TLT program, but also have the opportunity to make connections and develop relationships with the business community.

Cassville High School seniors are fascinated by news and advertisements from the past as they look through bound editions of old newspapers during a visit to the Cassville Democrat to learn about small businesses in the community. The newspapers date back to 1928 and are a valuable source of research for the public. The students’ trip was part of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program to learn about careers. Julia Kilmer/

Students must be selected to the program, undergoing an application process, counselor and teacher recommendations and interview with the TLT committee.

Seniors selected were: Anne Sommers, Lexie Wilson, Cameron Irwin, Charlie Seymour, Kaylee Periman, Audrey Harrison, Yesenia Rivera, Chelsey Small, Macey Parsons, Savannah Clere, Ying Thao, Olivia Padilla and Sydney Larson-Brant.

Over the course of the school year, five themed outing days included student visits to the following businesses and industries:

TLT program students listen to Publisher Jacob Brower share details about the newspaper business during a visit to the Cassville Democrat for Small Business Day. Julia Kilmer/

• Natural Resource Day, October 12: All Points Recycling, Bear Crossing Cabins, Angler’s Lodge, Roaring River State Park, Barry Electric Cooperative 

• Industry Day, November 9: George’s, Able 2; Justin Boot, Arning, Regal

• Government and Law Day, January 18: Judicial Center, City Hall, Cassville Police Station, Barry County Courthouse

Cassville High School seniors from the TLT program visit the Emory Melton Conference Center at Roaring River State Park for Natural Resource Day Oct. 12. Students also visited All Points Recycling, Bear Crossing Cabins, Angler’s Lodge and Barry Electric Cooperative the same day. Contributed photo

• Healthcare Day, February 8: Roark Family Health, ACCESS Medical and Dental Clinic, Dental Office of Dr. Carolyn Hunter, Mercy Hospital, Herrin Animal Hospital, Runnels Chiropractic

• Small Business Day, March 8: Commerce Bank, Barry County Abstract & Title, Security Abstract & Title, Sports World, Barry County Museum, Cassville Democrat

Program sponsors include: All Points Recycling, Barry Electric Cooperative, City of Cassville, Commerce Bank, Hutchens Construction, Mercy Hospital, Regal, Runnels Chiropractic and Whitley Pharmacy.

Students visit the Black School, a one-room schoolhouse which sits on the grounds of the Barry County Museum in Cassville, for Small Business Day. They also visited Commerce Bank, Barry County Abstract & Title, Security Abstract & Title, Sports World and the Cassville Democrat. Contributed photo

Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to two TLT seniors in May.

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