Gwendolyn Cappel-McCoy (Faubion MS), Ivan Garza, Bryanna Rollen (Webb ES) and Jack Connolly (McGowen ES) were among 1,007 outstanding Texas 4th – 8th graders selected to participate in Education in Action’s 2013 Lone Star Leadership Academy spring break and summer camps.
Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy was based on each student’s demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation and involvement in school/community activities.
Ivan, Bryanna and Jack participated in the Dallas/Fort Worth camp for 4th – 6th graders while Gwendolyn traveled to the Houston/Galveston camp for 6th – 8th graders.
During the weeklong camps, they joined distinguished students from around the state to develop their leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. Participants experienced first hand what they have been learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically and environmentally significant sites.
Venues included locations such as the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on the Dallas/Fort Worth program and NASA, a boat tour of Galveston Bay with a marine biologist, the San Jacinto Battleground Monument, and Moody Gardens on the Houston/Galveston program. Career speakers introduced the participants to a wide variety of career and internship opportunities.
“The Lone Star Leadership Academy camps provide an excellent opportunity for our students to develop friendships with other students interested in discussing and discovering important issues of the day,” said Karen Green, McKinney ISD Gifted and Talented Coordinator.
“Students have the opportunity to analyze speaker’s remarks and opinions while developing their own leadership skills. We are so proud that these McKinney ISD students were selected to participate in the 2013 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps.”
Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people to become informed and active leaders in their communities. Students involved in student government, service organizations, and gifted and talented programs are especially good candidates for Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. Educators may nominate their outstanding 4th-8th grade students for 2014 camps online at www.educationinaction.org. Facilitator/student ratio is one to 10 and all facilitators are Texas educators. For more information about the Lone Star Leadership Academy visitwww.educationinaction.org or www.facebook.com/educationinaction.
Story submitted by Shane Mauldin, MISD