Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Class of 2023

(Joplin, MO) – Congratulations to the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT) Class of 2023! 

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce that 42 high-school students will be joining this leadership program from area schools, including Joplin High School, Carl Junction High School, Carthage High School, Webb City High School, McAuley Catholic High School, College Heights Christian School, and Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School. They will kick off the program with a retreat on Wednesday, November 2.  

Introducing the TLT Class of 2023:  

  • Ashlyn Porter, Webb City High School 
  • Sayaan Anis, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School 
  • Benjamin Carroll, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School 
  • Sania Hammad, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School  
  • Jessica Joseph, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School 
  • Yasmina Mokhtar, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School 
  • Phillip Motazedi, McAuley Catholic High School 
  • Elizabeth Benfield, Joplin High School 
  • Lillie Carrier, Joplin High School 
  • Grayden Cravens, Joplin High School 
  • Elijah Neville, Joplin High School 
  • Ami Riechman-Bennett, Joplin High School 
  • Taegen Smith, Joplin High School 
  • Ian Surbrugg, Joplin High School 
  • Megan Walser, Joplin High School 
  • Betty Sue Wiles, Joplin High School 
  • Emma Angel, College Heights Christian School  
  • Jessica Archer, College Heights Christian School 
  • Avery Baker, College Heights Christian School 
  • Lindsay Griesemer, College Heights Christian School 
  • Jayline Johnson, College Heights Christian School 
  • Derrick McMillian, College Heights Christian School 
  • Benjamin Thomas, College Heights Christian School 
  • Sophia Wilkins, College Heights Christian School 
  • Brady Cloud, Carthage High School 
  • Landry Cochran, Carthage High School 
  • Diana Escobar, Carthage High School 
  • Abby Holderbaum, Carthage High School 
  • Chase Shockley, Carthage High School 
  • Marissa Topete, Carthage High School 
  • Eden Alford, Carl Junction High School 
  • Jocelyn Brown, Carl Junction High School 
  • Aastha Gandhi, Carl Junction High School 
  • Madeleine Garoutte, Carl Junction High School 
  • Chloe Gilmore, Carl Junction High School 
  • Akaysha Mitchell, Carl Junction High School 
  • Mary Parker, Carl Junction High School 
  • Trinity Sheward, Carl Junction High School 
  • Hali Shorter, Carl Junction High School 
  • Samantha Sims, Carl Junction High School 
  • Skyler Sundy, Carl Junction High School 
  • Jasmine Woerner, Carl Junction High School 

TLT is a youth leadership program that provides high-school seniors from local schools with the opportunity to learn more about the area and understand the importance of community service to our future. Participants interact with business and community leaders to identify and discuss local issues, leadership, and career opportunities. Six out-of-school sessions take place from November through March concluding with an evening graduation.  

Congratulations to the students of the TLT Class of 2023, and thank you to our TLT presenting sponsor, Missouri Southern State University!  


Erin Slifka, Marketing & Public Information Manager
Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

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