Nine Tyler ISD students were selected to participate in Education in Action’s 2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy this past spring and summer. These students were among 1,141 students across Texas who were selected based on demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, educator recommendation and involvement in school/community activities. Tyler ISD participants were Alan Cox, former sixth grader (now a seventh grader) at Moore MST Magnet School; Preston Rathbun, former fifth grader at Caldwell Elementary Arts Academy (now a sixth grader at Moore MST Magnet School); Chris Everitt and Ronelle Samson, former fifth graders at Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary School (now sixth graders at Three Lakes Middle School); and Iesu Agapito, Aiden Ebert, Sam Eckert, Zane Griffith and Peyton Martinez, all former sixth graders (now seventh graders) at Three Lakes Middle School.
The participating students, representing communities across Texas, traveled to Dallas/Fort Worth (fourth, fifth & sixth graders), Austin/San Antonio (fifth, sixth & seventh graders), and Houston/Galveston (sixth, seventh & eighth graders) to take part in the camps. During the weeklong, overnight camps these distinguished students developed leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. Participants experienced what they are learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically and environmentally significant sites.
The Lone Star Leadership Academy experience provides a unique opportunity for outstanding students to learn about Texas leaders and what it means to be from the Lone Star State. Participants discuss what they learn, complete problem-solving and decision-making simulations, exercise creativity, and practice presentation skills in leadership groups.
Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities. For more information about Education in Action or the Lone Star Leadership Academy, call 817-562-4957 or visit www.educationinaction.org or www.facebook.com/educationinaction.
Photo Captions: Top - Alan Cox, Preston Rathbun; Bottom - Back row: Iesu Agapito, Ronelle Samson, Sam Eckert, Peyton Martinez. Front row: Christopher Everitt (6th), Aiden Ebert, Zane Griffith