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Pinecrest seniors attend TBS leadership institute
Forsyth County-Estefania Herrera-Paredes Gregory Varghese

SOUTH FORSYTH -- Two rising seniors at a local high school were selected to attend the pioneer class of an elite summer leadership institute through 21st Century Leaders.

Pinecrest Academy students Estefania Herrera-Paredes and Gergory Varghese were among 75 students across the state who in June attended Turner Voices Youth Media Institute, a weeklong media-focused leadership development program at Georgia Tech.

According to a news release, the program was funded by Turner Broadcasting and is a “wonderful example of a diverse group of our future leaders pursuing their leadership development with executives [from Turner], and local company’s commitment to our youth.”

Students were selected from a pool of rising junior and senior high school students. They hailed from more than 50 high schools, 35 cities and 20 counties across Georgia.

The group received a “behind the scenes” look into TBS and its networks, including CNN, HLN, Turner Sports, TCM and Cartoon Network.

“Turner Voices Youth Media Institute is an amazing opportunity for our students to learn about the media industry while developing their personal leadership styles,” said Bob Watson, executive director of 21st Century Leaders.

“Turner’s commitment to our future leaders, specifically high school students, is evident in this program.”

Each day, students participated in workshops, tours and discussion groups on a range of topics within the media industry.

They also took part in panels and mentoring sessions with Turner executives, including: Coleman Breland, Turner’s content distribution president; Carl Azuz, host of CNN Student News; Hania Poole, senior director of March Madness Live; and Susan Shipsky with Cartoon Network.