23 Pearland ISD students tackle leadership

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GT Academy student Eric Li meets State Rep. Ed Thompson during the Lone Star Leadership Academy Austin/San Antonio program. (Photo courtesy of Education in Action)

GT Academy student Eric Li meets State Rep. Ed Thompson during the Lone Star Leadership Academy Austin/San Antonio program. (Photo courtesy of Education in Action)

Twenty-three Pearland Independent School District students embraced their Texas heritage and leadership potential this spring and summer during Lone Star Leadership Academy programs.

More than 1,000 Texas middle school and junior high students, including the Pearland ISD scholars, participated in Education in Action’s weeklong residential programs, which help young Texans become informed, active leaders in their communities.

The future leaders toured major sites in Austin/San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston/Galveston while practicing problem-solving, decision-making and presentation skills.

These Pearland ISD students participated in the 2013 programs:

  • Alexander Middle School: Ross Lowrey
  • Rogers Middle School: Melissa Adamaley-Johnson, Benjamin Bradshaw, Alex Dailey, Cris de la Garza, Jerry Gu, Julie Henry, Meghan McClure, Drew Moore, Andrew Murray, Sarah Price, John Rawlinson, Tyler Tran, Derek Xie, Vincent Yang and Annette Moruri
  • Sablatura Middle School: Susan Cleary
  • GT Academy: Eric Li and Jacob Vittitow
  • Berry Miller Junior High: Owen Dailey, Curtis Le and Chi-Quynh Nguyen
  • Dawson High School: Christopher Simpson

Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy is based on students’ demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, teacher recommendations and involvement in school and community activities.

Dallas/Fort Worth program venues included the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

Students in the Austin/San Antonio program toured the Alamo, visited the offices of their state legislators and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and watched bats from the Lone Star Riverboat.
The Houston/Galveston program included visits to NASA Johnson Space Center, the San Jacinto Battleground Monument, Moody Gardens and a Galveston Bay boat tour with a marine biologist.

In addition, career speakers introduced students to various career and internship opportunities.

Educators may nominate outstanding fourth- through eighth-grade students for 2014 programs at www.educationinaction.org.

Ideal candidates for the program include students who are involved in student government, service organizations and gifted and talented programs.

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