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Members of the 2019 WestStar graduating class are (seated, l to r) Erica Moore, Reba Celsor, Kayce Beam, Amber Greene, Jason Martin, Sharron Murden, Chris Davis, Joyce Brown, Skipper Bondurant, Bryce West and LaShell Moore; (standing, l to r) Jordan Gardner (WestStar staff and honorary member of the 2019 WestStar class), Jim Cheatham, Paul Newbill, Al DaSilva, Justin Hargrove, Mark Woodruff, Nichole Lawrence, Lucianne Shoffner, Derick Seaton, Jenna Cole-Wilson, Travis McLeese, Sybil Dancer, John Penn Ridgeway, Civil Miller-Watkins, Jeffrey Richmond, Lori Weir, Ron Wells, Dr. Larry Lusk and Jamie Worrell. (Not pictured is Andrew Maddox.)

Members of the WestStar Leadership Program’s class of 2019 graduated Tuesday, June 25, during WestStar’s closing event held at Madison Downs Venue in Jackson.

Among the Program’s 2019 graduates was Henderson resident Amber Greene.

A 5:15 p.m. reception was followed by dinner and the graduation ceremony. WestStar is the University of Tennessee at Martin’s regional leadership program that is supported by corporate sponsors and individual donors.

Dr. Charley Deal, WestStar executive director, welcomed class members, alumni, the WestStar Board of Directors and other guests to the graduation event and ceremony. He also introduced UT Martin chancellor and 2009 WestStar graduate Keith Carver who welcomed attendees and noted the important work ahead for the program graduates.

“Tonight is all about you,” Carver said to the class. “You’re now (part of) this much larger WestStar family, and I think any time you come through something like this you think about what’s next. … So, I just want to tell our graduates that the journey is really just starting, and it’s time to invest back into WestStar but more importantly back into your communities and back into West Tennessee.”

Following recognition of the graduates, Deal quoted President Ronald Reagan who said, “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He or she is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” He closed the event by challenging everyone present to make a positive difference in the region. “Let us all leave here tonight committed to making a positive impact in our community, influencing positive change in West Tennessee and inspiring the next generation of leaders to commit to making our state even better than it is today.”

Applications for the 2020 WestStar class are being accepted after Sept. 1, and members of the new class will be selected later this fall. WestStar’s 30th anniversary will be celebrated during an event Nov. 9 at Discovery Park in Union City.

Find out more about WestStar at utm.edu or call 881-7298.

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