SMSD student selected for Lone Star Leadership Academy
Kristin Hemphill, daughter of Yolanda Turner and Gregory Hemphill, a student at Stafford Middle School has been selected to travel to the Austin/San Antonio area as a participant in Education in Action’s Lone Star Leadership Academy, July 14-19, 2013. Kristin’s selection for the Academy was based on her outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, a nomination from her teacher, Jericah Jackson, and her involvement in school and community activities. Education in Action, dedicated to empowering young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities, hosts the Lone Star Leadership Academy.
Kristin’s Texas State Representative and Senator will be notified of her accomplishment. She will be visiting the Austin offices of her State Legislators while attending the program.
Joining a delegation of outstanding students from across the states, Kristin will develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas and its leaders. She will learn about future career and internship opportunities and visit historically, politically, and geographically significant sites including the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, LBJ Library, Alamo, Institute of Texan Cultures, Witte Museum State Cemetery, State Capitol, Supreme Court, and Aquarena Springs. Additional activities will include the IMAX Theater, bat watching on the Lone Star Riverboat, Natural Bridge Caverns, and a farewell program.
The Lone Star Leadership Academy provides unique opportunities for outstanding 4th-8th graders to learn about the Spirit of Texas. Participants discuss what they learn, complete problem solving and decision-making simulations, exercise creativity, and practice presentation skills in Leadership Groups. In addition, participants have fun meeting other outstanding students and making new friends while adding to their resume of academic achievements, developing leadership skills, and bringing home a wealth of information to supplement what they are learning in school.
The Lone Star Leadership Academy calls for participants to become active citizens and leaders in their communities. Participants in the Lone Star Leadership Academy – Austin/San Antonio program must be in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade, maintain an 85 or higher average, demonstrate academic and leadership ability, receive an educator nomination, and be involved in community or school activities. Education in Action also offers the Lone Star Leadership Academy – Dallas/Fort Worth program for outstanding 4th-6th graders and the Houston/Galveston program for outstanding 6th-8th graders. Students involved in student government and service organizations are especially good candidates for Lone Star Leadership Academy programs. Educators are invited to nominate their outstanding 4th-8th grade students online at www.educationinaction.org. Facilitator to student ratio is 1 to 10 and all facilitators are Texas educators.
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