Daily Reporter staff reports

GREENFIELD — Leadership Hancock County recently honored its class of 2016 during a celebration that included presentations on community projects the class members spent months researching.

Fifteen emerging leaders completed the 2015-16 program, during which they studied leadership traits; learned about community issues and institutions; and completed hands-on studies on community issues.

The organization’s Stacia Alyea Excellence in Leadership award went to Kari Sisk, scholarship officer at the Hancock County Community Foundation.

The centerpiece of the celebration, conducted Wednesday at NineStar Connect, was the presentations of the class members’ projects. Working in small groups, the class members met periodically during the past several months and consulted experts and stakeholders. They then wrote their reports and released their findings. Here are the entities who will benefit:

Leaders In Navigating Knowledge, an organization that strives to help non-traditional students continue their education, is receiving a package of ideas on holding a Trivia Night fundraiser as the cornerstone of the organization’s future finances.

The board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hancock County received a detailed analysis of some of the costs of building or acquiring a new building.

Tourism and city officials will receive a detailed plan for the Riley Heritage Trail, a walking history route through downtown that would be enhanced with signage and other amenities.

A printed community calendar, which includes listings for dozens of events, already is in circulation with plans to make it an annual project.

Other members of the 2016 class are: Megan Addison, Purdue Extension Hancock County; Valerie Angle, Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce; Shira Dankner, NineStar Connect; Yvette Dixon, Hancock Regional Hospital; Jenna Gannon, Greenfield Banking Co.; Kristine Gilbertson, Hancock County Public Library; Terri Gorden, Hancock County Public Library; Aaron Greenwalt, Greenwalt Development; Dianna Hawkins, NineStar Connect; Devon Marine, Greenfield-Central schools; Beau Michaud, United Way of Central Indiana; Bryan Miller, Greenfield Banking Co.; Samm Quinn, Daily Reporter; and Shelley Swift, Greenfield Main Street.

Leadership Hancock County, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, works to develop capable and motivated leaders to assume active roles in their communities.

The organization is seeking applicants for its 2016-17 program.

Information: info@leadhc.org