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Leap Organization Student Accepts Appointment to West Point Academy

LEAP OrganizationClarksville, TN – Clarksville resident, Joseph Harding, has accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point after his May 28th graduation. Harding, 19, son of Damien and Ursula. Harding, was nominated for the appointment by Lieutenant Colonel Chandler.

“My first impression of Joseph was that he was very quiet and mannerable, but lacked confidence and direction. As he began to develop a sense of purpose, he emerged as a well-rounded respected leader amongst his peers. I am extremely proud of Joseph for not only daring to aspire to become President someday, but for developing a realistic plan to achieve that goal. His acceptance into West Point speaks volumes about the potential that I have witnessed firsthand,” expressed LEAP Executive Director, Richard Reason Garrett.

Joseph Harding has accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Joseph Harding has accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Harding will join other family members in military services as his mother and father served in the United States Army. As a former student of Rossview High School, this outstanding senior is a member of the JROTC, Drill Team, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, National Technical Honor Society, Interact Club, Special Olympics, Distributive Education (DECA), Sign Language Organization, and President of the LEAP Youth Leadership Council.

Joseph states that his favorite subjects are math and history because he loves the complex calculations and the challenges involved in solving problems that stimulate his brain. Learning history, has spurred a new career interest for Joseph as he is now included serving in politics as a future career goal.

Joseph developed an interest in participating in LEAP while driving his sister to participate Healthy Choices Intervention Program. He joined LEAP and helped developed a series of community services projects, fundraisers, and helped coordinate the youth annual trip to New York City. Joseph learned that he is a natural leader and able to organize events and move people to action.

Richard arranged two lunch meetings with State Representatives Jay Reedy and Joe Pitts to share insights into what being a public servant entails. The vote of confidence that he garnered from the team at LEAP helped motivate him to desire to serve as a future state representative, senator, or even Commander in Chief.

LEAP selects participants based on court appointment as a diversion from placement in the juvenile system. Other participants elect to join LEAP to enhance their social skills, obtain clinical training, and learn from the Career Readiness Program. LEAP has helped over 1100 youth since its inception in 2009. 87% of participants no longer engage in controlled substances, over 75% did not re-offend, and 55% obtained employment after completing the Career Readiness Program.

Website: www.leaporg.net

Robyn Neverdusky

Richard Garrett
Richard Garretthttp://leaporg.net/
City Councilman Richard "Reason" Garrett has gained extensive business knowledge and negotiating skills as the Executive Director of the LEAP Organization.  LEAP Org provides youth development services.  As a licensed realtor for Keller Williams Realty, he is known for his tenacity, perseverance, honesty, and fairness.  A proud APSU alum, Richard graduated with Honors with a Bachelors in Public Management.
Richard is a former active duty Marine, father of 4, and a husband with strong ties to the community. He is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville and a member of Clarksville Rotary, Clarksville Area Ministerial Association, Chamber of Commerce, Clarksville Association of Realtors Public Relations & Charity Relations Committees, and Clarksville Community Partners Group.
For more information on Richard visit www.reason4clarksville.com. He can be contacted directly at 931-378-0500 or via email richard@reason4clarksville.com

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