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Blount County youth assess, apply leadership

Col. Kevin Donovan, the commander of the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, meets students with  Youth Leadership Blount April 18, 2017, as part of their leadership day and tour at TEC. The students also took a 4 Lenses assessment, toured the TEC TV studios and played a game of flicker ball before leaving McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base for other area events. (U.S. Air National Guard by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Col. Kevin Donovan, the commander of the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, meets students with Youth Leadership Blount April 18, 2017, as part of their leadership day and tour at TEC. The students also took a 4 Lenses assessment, toured the TEC TV studios and played a game of flicker ball before leaving McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base for other area events. (U.S. Air National Guard by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Senior Master Sgt. Shaun Withers speaks with students from Youth Leadership Blount during a tour at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center April 18, 2017, as part of their leadership day. The students also met the commander, took a 4 Lenses assessment, toured the TEC TV studios and played a game of flicker ball before leaving McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base for other area events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Senior Master Sgt. Shaun Withers speaks with students from Youth Leadership Blount during a tour at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center April 18, 2017, as part of their leadership day. The students also met the commander, took a 4 Lenses assessment, toured the TEC TV studios and played a game of flicker ball before leaving McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base for other area events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Students with Youth Leadership Blount take a television studio tour at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center April 18, 2017, as part of their leadership day. The students met the commander, took a 4 Lenses assessment, toured the TEC TV studios and played a game of flicker ball before leaving McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base for other area events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Students with Youth Leadership Blount take a television studio tour at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center April 18, 2017, as part of their leadership day. The students met the commander, took a 4 Lenses assessment, toured the TEC TV studios and played a game of flicker ball before leaving McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base for other area events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Students with Youth Leadership Blount play flicker ball in the Wilson Hall activities building during a tour at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center April 18, 2017, as part of their leadership day. The students also met the commander, took a 4 Lenses assessment, and toured the TEC TV studios before leaving McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base for other area events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Students with Youth Leadership Blount play flicker ball in the Wilson Hall activities building during a tour at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center April 18, 2017, as part of their leadership day. The students also met the commander, took a 4 Lenses assessment, and toured the TEC TV studios before leaving McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base for other area events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Students with Youth Leadership Blount play flicker ball in the Wilson Hall activities building at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center April 18, 2017, as part of their leadership day. The students also met the commander, took a 4 Lenses assessment, and toured the TEC TV studios before leaving McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base for other area events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Students with Youth Leadership Blount play flicker ball in the Wilson Hall activities building at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center April 18, 2017, as part of their leadership day. The students also met the commander, took a 4 Lenses assessment, and toured the TEC TV studios before leaving McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base for other area events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Louisville, Tenn. -- Twenty-three high school sophomores with Youth Leadership Blount learned about their leadership styles during a visit at the Air National Guard’s I.G. Brown Training and Education Center April 18 as part of their leadership day events.

The TEC Commander, Col. Kevin Donovan, welcomed the group’s visit on campus at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base as part of the center’s ongoing engagement in the community.

The students, from eight schools in Blount County, met the commander, took a 4 Lenses assessment, toured the TEC TV studios and played a game of flicker ball in the Wilson Hall activities building.

“In helping them learn how to use leadership effectively, with the lenses training, and then the application through the flicker ball, I find very exciting for my students,” said the Director of Leadership Blount, Pete Carter.

Carter, a retired principal, said that their mission is to introduce students to their personal leadership style with the application; to become more aware of the need for leadership skills in life.

Senior Master Sgt. Shaun Withers and Master Sgt. Jose Santiago guided students through the flicker ball game after Tammie Smeltzer and Master Sgt. Jeela Taylor helped students through the 4 Lenses personality assessment.

“It’s was great to see how these kids came from eight different high schools and just work so well together and as a team,” said Withers. “We enjoyed meeting them.”