Chico Middle School students attend leadership camp

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Two Chico Middle School students attended the Education in Action’s summer 2017 Lone Star Academy Camp.

Layne Spradlin and Abigail Abner attended the camp, which is open to fourth through eighth graders who have demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school or community activities.

More than 1,200 students participated in Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. Additionally, 28 student alumni returned to serve in a leadership role as youth facilitators. Participating students represented communities across Texas and traveled across the state to attend the camps.

During the weeklong, overnight camps, students developed leadership skills while learning about the state. Participants experienced what they are learning in school through visits to notable and historically significant Texas sites. Venues on the Dallas/Fort Worth program included the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Participants in the Austin/San Antonio program visited the offices of participants’ state legislators at the Texas State Capitol, The Bullock Texas State History Museum, watched bats from the Lone Star Riverboat and the Alamo. Houston/Galveston program participants visited NASA, took a boat tour of Galveston Bay with a marine biologist, the San Jacinto Battleground Monument and Moody Gardens. In addition, professionals at sites visited introduced students to a wide variety of careers during each camp.

The Lone Star Leadership Academy experience provides opportunities 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. In addition, participants meet other outstanding students and make 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 people to be informed and active leaders in their communities. Students involved in student government and service organizations are especially good candidates for Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. Educators are invited to nominate their outstanding fourth through eighth graders for Lone Star Leadership Academy camps online at Facilitator/student ratio is one to 10 and all facilitators are Texas educators. For information, call 817-562-4957 or

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