September 19, 2012

Tina Veal-Gooch
Director of Public Relations
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

Outstanding TISD Students Attend Lone Star Leadership Academy Program

Texarkana, TX – Recently, eight outstanding 5th – 6th grade students from Texarkana Independent School District had the opportunity to participate in Education in Action’s Lone Star Leadership Academy program.

Students selected were: Madison Brown, Kaitlyn Cross, Bronson Dierksen and Abby Hines from Morriss Elementary; Conner Elliott from Wake Village Elementary; and Kaitlyn Biggar, Michayla Hellums and Connor Howell from Texas Middle School. All were chosen based on their demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation and involvement in school/community activities.

During the weeklong overnight Lone Star Leadership Academy program, students joined delegations of other distinguished students from across the state to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. Participants experienced what they were learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically and environmentally significant sites. Career speakers introduced participants to a wide variety of unique career and internship opportunities.

The Lone Star Leadership Academy provides a unique opportunity for outstanding students to learn about the Spirit of Texas and what it truly 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. In addition, participants have fun meeting other outstanding students from across the state of Texas 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.

Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young Texans to become 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

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