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Spring Leadership Ball honors good work of 30

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    It is traditional for the 30 young women honored at the annual Spring Leadership Ball to take a photo with their dresses on, near the staircase at Weymouth Country Club.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF LIFETOUCH

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MEDINA TWP. — In its early days, the annual Spring Leadership Ball was considered a cotillion, a formal coming-out affair to present young women to the Medina County community.

Now, it focuses more on leadership, academic achievement and school and community involvement.

Preparation for the annual gala is no small feat.

“We start back in November with the process to choose the 30 girls and they go through their application and then we sit down as a committee and read all their applications,” said Shannon Harvey, co-chair for this year’s leadership ball.

The 61st annual Spring Leadership Ball is Saturday at Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Road, Medina Township. Teenage girls from all over the county will be recognized for their academic achievements and community involvement.

Harvey said the board reviews the applications without the names. Each section of the application is rated and the 30 applicants with the highest scores are those selected to attend the event.

But the process doesn’t stop yet. The schedule picks up from there.

In February, Salon Rootz has a pampering day for the teens. The shop donates its employees’ time and talent. After this, the young women get to practice etiquette and interviewing skills.

They also attend a tea at Williams on the Lake. This year, Sandy Hinkle of Feeding Medina County was the keynote speaker. In addition, the girls get involved with Feeding Medina County including efforts to collect peanut butter for local food pantries. The week leading up to the event consists of three dress rehearsals.

The Leadership Ball is a way to honor and recognize the 30 teenagers for their achievements.

“Honoring the girls,” said Harvey. “I think that’s a benefit that these girls get to know that they were chosen for their leadership and how hard they’ve worked.”

The night of the Leadership Ball starts formal portraits done by Lifetouch followed by a cocktail hour.

The girls are presented at 6 p.m. by their date and their father or another important male figure in their life.

There are 350 reservations for the ball. All of the proceeds go to Feeding Medina County.

2019 HONOREES

 Susan Beier, Medina
 Audrey Calvin, Our Lady of Elms, Akron
 Culley Emerson, Buckeye
 Grace Fischer, Highland
 Bailey Freeland, Cloverleaf
 Jenna French, Medina
 Makayla Grecenuk, Highland
 Kelsey Heichel, Highland
 Allison Horner, Medina
 Grace Kaylor, Medina County Career Center, Medina
 Kaylie Kenne, Highland
 McKenna Kilbane, Brunswick
 Emily Kretschmer, Buckeye
 Hanna Kunzler, Highland
 Alena Law, MCCC, Medina
 Madison Luthy, Medina
 Audrey Miles, Brunswick
 Abigail Montgomery, MCCC, Medina
 Sadie Nayman, Highland
 Katherine Neate, Medina
 Payton Nielsen, Medina
 Ella Rasper, Medina
 Margaret Selva, Medina
 Kenlynn Sundby, Medina
 Emilie Thomas, Medina
 Elizabeth Whetstone, Buckeye
 Grace Winrod, Cloverleaf
 Addie Wisniewski, Highland
 Abigail Yates, Medina
 Melanie Zammarrelli, Brunswick

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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