By Ashley Rader
Carter County high school students took to the trees at Doe River Gorge Wednesday afternoon to learn team building and communication skills as part of the Carter County Youth Leadership Class.
Twenty-eight high school juniors are enrolled in the 2012-2013 Carter County Youth Leadership Class from Cloudland, Elizabethton, Hampton Unaka and Happy Valley high schools.
The Youth Leadership program is provided through a partnership with the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce and Milligan College. The group meets one day each month from August to May and participates in hands-on leadership development activities. Their classes cover topics including local government, economic development, history and heritage, health care, communication, leadership styles, tourism, agriculture, financial preparedness and state government.