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Members of the 2018-19 Leadership Owasso Class graduated from the annual program at Owasso Chamber’s monthly luncheon on Wednesday. ART HADDAWAY/Owasso Reporter

Members of the 2018-19 Leadership Owasso Class celebrated a notable achievement last week.

Eighteen local business and community leaders graduated from the annual program at Owasso Chamber’s monthly luncheon on Wednesday.

The program, in place for more than 30 years, allows members to get more involved in the community and increase their knowledge of and commitment to all things Owasso.

The eight-month course hosts an expansive curriculum of presentations and tours that encompass four critical areas: education, city government, economic development and quality of life.

This year’s class comprised individuals from all walks of life and industries, including an attorney, counselor, loan officer, insurance agent and industrial plant manager, among others.

Participants got the opportunity to hear from city staff, business owners, school authorities and government officials. They also visited several locations, including Folds of Honor, the Port of Catoosa, Tulsa International Airport and the state Capitol, to name a few.

The 2018-19 class also tied the 2016-17 class in setting a record for the most participants (nine) to be recognized for perfect attendance throughout the course of the program.

The goal of Leadership Owasso is for participants to learn, grow personally, meet new people, gain new perspectives, and reinforce and energize their commitment to community service, which Shala Bible with the Owasso Chamber said they all achieved.

“A lot of the class are current ambassadors, so that was a lot of fun because there was already a lot of friendships, relationships built before they even started the class,” said Bible, “and then the new people that entered, they bonded really well.”

For more information about Owasso Chamber’s Leadership Class or available spots in its 2019-20 program, visit owassochamber.com/leadership-owasso.