BHS senior Barnett adds, “Our group plans on focusing on drug and alcohol related presentations for the youth and younger grades at school. We are also starting a committee to help prevent bullying and violence.”
Members have held other activities in the past. “‘Batesville’s Got Talent’ is our biggest one,” BHS junior McCreary reveals. It will be held again in 2015.
Fledderman points out, “With this variety show, MYC raises approximately $5,000. Projects that have been supported range from the stone wall at Liberty Park, furniture for the pool, flag pole and landscaping at The Plex and, most recently, landscaping newly-created green areas downtown.”
Giesey, a BHS senior, says, “We put on Trail Trek which raises money for the Liberty Trail ... (and) help with Light up Batesville, Ladies Night Out and many other community events.
“I enjoy being a member of this group because it allows me to feel like an active member of my community.”
Ritter agrees, “I wanted to be involved so that I would be given a chance to give back to the community, which has done so much for me.”
McCreary reports, “I enjoy planning the events and helping with the community functions.”
Eisert says, “The group does good deeds for the community while having fun.”
BHS junior Wilson announces, “My grandmother, Dottie Voegele, was always very involved in volunteering in the community, and after she passed away, I wanted to carry on her work. I figured helping the community through MYC was the perfect opportunity .... I love leading and making a difference in the community, no matter how small. Also, the group is very tight-knit. We act like a family, and that is essential to cooperating and getting stuff done.”
Barnett emphasizes, “I enjoy ... working alongside the city council and mayor to help better this great town. It’s a great pleasure to work alongside bright leaders and peers here.”