RRISD students participate in summer Lone Star Leadership Academy

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Students from 13 Round Rock ISD elementary and middle schools participated in the Education in Action Lone Star Leadership Academy this summer, joining a total of 952 students statewide selected for the camp.

Twenty-seven RRISD students traveled to one of three camps located in Dallas and Fort Worth; Austin and San Antonio; and Houston and Galveston for the weeklong program.

Young leaders were selected for the Lone Star Leadership Academy camps based on demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school and community activities, according to Education in Action.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][dt_quote]“The Lone Star Leadership Academy helps students develop strong leadership and research skills by going through significant Texas sites and using the resources available to create presentations,” Hall said. “Every day there was a different adventure.”[/dt_quote][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Cedar Ridge High School Co-Librarian Angela Hall recommended students from elementary schools and worked at the camp during the summer. The camps allow students to delve into research, but also gain confidence in public speaking and conversational skills.

“The Lone Star Leadership Academy helps students develop strong leadership and research skills by going through significant Texas sites and using the resources available to create presentations,” Hall said. “Every day there was a different adventure.”

The distinguished students developed leadership skills while learning about Texas during the Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. Participants experienced what they are learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically, and environmentally significant sites. 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 during the Dallas-Fort Worth camp; the offices of participants’ state legislators at the Texas State Capitol, The Bullock Texas State History Museum, bat watching on the Lone Star Riverboat, and The Alamo during the Austin-San Antonio camp; and NASA, a boat tour of Galveston Bay with a marine biologist, the San Jacinto Battleground Monument, and Moody Gardens during the Houston-Galveston camp. Career speakers introduced participants to a wide variety of unique career and internship opportunities during each camp.

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) 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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_type=”bg_color”][vc_column][vc_empty_space][dt_fancy_title title=”Round Rock ISD student participants, schools and grade levels are listed below:” title_align=”left” title_size=”h3″][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Bluebonnet Elementary School

  • Jacob Miller, fifth grade

Cactus Ranch Elementary School

  • Noah Box, fifth grade

Caraway Elementary School

  • Elizabeth Joyner, fifth grade

Chisholm Trail Middle School

  • Elliot Lee, sixth grade

Deerpark Middle School

  • Apoorva Amudhan, seventh grade,
  • Archita Amudhan, sixth grade,
  • Graci Sanders, seventh grade, and
  • Connor Sasin, eighth grade

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Fern Bluff Elementary School

  • Hayden Benavides, fifth grade,
  • PJ Gillispie, fifth grade, and
  • Collin Harwick, fifth grade

Grisham Middle School

  • Gabriel Chavez, seventh grade,
  • Ethan Herris, seventh grade,
  • Dillon James, seventh grade, and
  • Ashley Zhang, seventh grade

Hernandez Middle School

  • Mary Copenhaver, eighth grade, and
  • Emma Stanley, sixth grade

Hopewell Middle School

  • Tanner Kellogg, eighth grade

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Laurel Mountain Elementary School

  • Govind Ramesh, fifth grade

Live Oak Elementary School

  • Dominic Escamilla, fifth grade,
  • Marian Kaelin, fifth grade,
  • Jessica Kokel, fourth grade, and
  • Lindsey Tipton, fourth grade

Purple Sage Elementary School

  • Ethan Govea, fifth grade

Teravista Elementary School

  • Jillian Anderson, fifth grade,
  • Rika Chang, fourth grade, and
  • Mia Weber, fourth grade

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