— By Kathleen Sturgeon, Patch Staff,
JOHNS CREEK, GA — Student Leadership Johns Creek won the Secretary of State Ambassadors State Championship. The competition comprised teams from across Georgia and because of the pandemic didn’t begin until late October 2020. This was the third win by the Secretary of State Ambassadors representing Student Leadership Johns Creek. The student ambassadors and the other division winning teams will be recognized by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger at a virtual program on April 22.
The Secretary of State Ambassadors Program is a leadership training program for high school students in the 10th through 12th grades that encourages civic participation and voter registration. Students who serve as ambassadors earn points for promoting civic engagement, voter registration and volunteerism. Student Leadership Johns Creek came in second place last year, so winning this year, especially in a virtual environment, was rewarding for the nine students that comprised the team.
The nine ambassadors are students at Northview, Chattahoochee, Centennial and Johns Creek high schools: Aditi Mohan, Akhila Yellapragada, Mehar Nemani, Ty Davalbhakta, Elizabeth Douglas, Ashutosh Chakragiri, Janice Nam, Charlotte Lichtenfeld and Omer Mujawar. They are led by Executive Director Irene Sanders.
“It was really an honor to work with Mrs. Sanders and the other team members,” Nam said. “I’m incredibly grateful to have had the chance to contribute to my community as a student— this is how leaders are made.”
“We are proud to have such strong future leaders from our city continue a tradition of exceptional achievements,” Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker said. “These outstanding Student Leadership Johns Creek participants are extraordinary role models and we as a city are honored and blessed to have them represent our community at the Secretary of State’s Student Ambassador Program.”
Student Leadership Johns Creek is a competitive program that has been a highly-valued part of the community for more than eight years.