The Leadership Muskingum graduates gathered at Bryan’s Place today. The group joined the almost 250 who have completed the nine month program. Member of the Leadership Muskingum Planning Committee Christine Shaw said the program aims to give participants the opportunity to learn and grow in their own community. "Individuals who participate will experience business in industry, social services, a lot of things that are kind of hidden treasures in our community that we want people to know more about, " said Shaw. All 13 class members led service projects as part of the program and Melissa Wood organized the very first Martin Luther King Day celebration in Morgan County where she resides. Wood said the project was a gratifying one. "It really gave me the opportunity to lead by example for my children and to even see the leadership qualities in them come forth so it was an absolute pleasure to be able to participate in that," said Wood. The day featured key note speaker Mathew Perry who serves as President and CEO of Genesis Healthcare System. Thasia Schilling was honored with the Leadership Muskingum Alumni Award and Dr. Paul Brown of Zane State was presented the Chuck Hunter Community Leadership Award.