Students of the Teen Leadership Cherokee Class of 2023 include: Front row (l to r): Zuri Maina, Woodstock; Brett Fillar, Woodstock; Lavanya Shankar, River Ridge; Abby Gillis, Woodstock; Riley Schultz, River Ridge; Elizabeth Hebert, Sequoyah; Felisa Vazquez, Cherokee; Emma Miller, Cherokee; Isabella Benavides, Creekview. Second row (l to r): Leia Lankford, Woodstock; Caleb Miller, Creekview; Cade Smith, Creekview; Revis McClairen, River Ridge; Carrington Presley, River Ridge; Isabel Harper, Sequoyah; Melanie Rein, Sequoyah; Emily Wilson, River Ridge; Lois Dwomoh, Woodstock; Chair Emili Roman; Vice-Chair Todd Hayes


The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that participants for the 22nd Annual Teen Leadership Cherokee (TLC) Class have been selected. Applicants, all high school sophomores who live in Cherokee County, were asked to submit an in-depth application, including their school and community involvement, as well as a video answering the question “Why should I be selected for Teen Leadership Cherokee?”.  The applications and videos were reviewed by local business leaders who selected the class.

Students selected are: Isabella Benavides, Creekview; Lois Dwomoh, Woodstock; Brett Fillar, Woodstock; Abby Gillis, Woodstock; Isabel Harper, Sequoyah; Elizabeth Hebert, Sequoyah; Leia Lankford, Woodstock; Zuri Maina, Woodstock; Revis McClairen, River Ridge; Caleb Miller, Creekview; Emma Miller, Cherokee; Carrington Presley, River Ridge; Melanie Rein, Sequoyah; Riley Schultz, River Ridge; Lavanya Shankar, River Ridge; Cade Smith, Creekview; Felisa Vazquez, Cherokee; Emily Wilson, River Ridge.

The TLC Class has already attended an Orientation with their parents and a Retreat which was held on January 21st at the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. Over the next two months, the 18 class members will develop a sense of community while discovering the impact of teamwork upon their peers, their schools, and Cherokee County.  A graduation ceremony will be held in late March to honor the class.

The TLC program is made possible this year by the generous support of program sponsors Allegro Business Products, Chattahoochee Technical College, Cherokee Recreation and Parks, Cobb EMC, Harmony Orthodontics, Northside Hospital Cherokee, Reinhardt University, and State Farm Insurance Jey Willis Agency. The mission of Teen Leadership Cherokee is for participants to lead, educate, aspire, and drive so that they may confidently become our community’s next generation of leaders.  For more information on the Chamber and its programs, visit