Congressman Graves Hosts “Future Leaders Academy”

Several Clark County R-1 High School students attended the “Future Leaders Academy, sponsored by Congressman Sam Graves. The event was held at Hannibal-LaGrange University on Tuesday, October 16. Pictured are Lance Smith-Social Sciences/World History instructor, and (back row) Nicole Plenge, Aubry Boulware, Clara Herrs, Camryl Lee and Samantha Arnold. (Front Row) Chloe Brewer, Karah Brown, Brynn Sprague and Jaden Otte.

Hannibal, MO. –  Nearly 100 high school students from across North Missouri came together at Hannibal-Lagrange University on Tuesday, October 16th to take part in Congressman Sam Graves’ annual Future Leaders Academy.

“These students are among the best and brightest in North Missouri,” said Graves. “I believe the Future Leaders Academy is a great opportunity for these students to not only learn more about leadership, but to also discuss some of the most important issues of the day.”

Students were nominated by their respective high schools based on academic performance, civic engagement, and demonstrated leadership ability.

Topics discussed included Opioids, Agriculture and Election Security. Speakers included representatives from the Drug Enforcement Agency, Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt was the keynote speaker for the Academy this year.

Schools participating included Clark County, Community R-VI, Hannibal, Highland, Liberty, Linn County, Mark Twain, Monroe City, Newtown-Harris, Paris, Scotland County, and South Shelby.