The Leadership Northwest Missouri (LNWMO) Class of 2016 recently held a graduation ceremony in St. Joseph, Missouri. Jill Kingery and Crystal Woodring represented Atchison County. The leadership development program is designed to bring together participants from throughout a 19-county region to sharpen their leadership skills, explore regional issues and gain a network of contacts throughout the region. The class began in January and continued through July with monthly sessions in various Northwest Missouri communities. Each session contained instruction on various leadership skills, in-depth examination of various issues facing the region and hands-on exercises.