by Monica Florida Hayes, Education in Action Outreach Director
Kudos to Dawson Zarazinski for winning the 2017 Texas State Historical Association's Junior Historians "Lone Star Leader in Texas History" essay contest! His entry, titled "Charles Goodnight 'Father of the Texas Panhandle'" earned him a full scholarship to attend a 2017 Lone Star Leadership Academy camp. He took part in this week's June 11-16 Dallas/Fort Worth camp.
I met with Dawson this morning, his last day at camp, to congratulate him and to learn a little more about him. I asked Dawson what motivated him to enter the contest and he stated, "I do well in UIL Writing and thought I had a pretty good chance, so I entered." When I asked what was his favorite experience during the week he said, "That's hard. Either AT&T Stadium or the Texas Civil War Museum. I'm all about the Civil War and I've always liked learning about it. My great-great-great-great grandfather fought in the Civil War." He also shared, "I'm also really...more
Each year the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented awards merit-based scholarships of up to $400 for GT students to take part in summer enrichment opportunities including Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. We are delighted to announce that TWELVE outstanding students received TAGT Scholarships to attend summer 2017 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. With more than 600 TAGT scholarship applicants and less than 50 recipients this cycle, we are delighted that almost a quarter of TAGT's scholarships went to future Lone Star Leadership Academy campers! This says a great deal about the caliber of students that take part in these camps! In addition, ZaCory Shields received TAGT’s Carole Vermillion Elementary Scholar Award for submitting the highest scoring summer enrichment scholarship application! As the winner of this award, ZaCory received a $500 scholarship to attend the Lone Star Leadership Academy! The remaining eleven TAGT scholarship winners are...more
Kudos to Caden Black, Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council third year member, for being recognized in Azleway Boys Ranch’s spring 2017 magazine! For his 2016-2017 Alumni Council service project, “Hooked on Books”, Caden collected more than 1,000 books which he donated to Azleway Boys Ranch, an organization that has been restoring lives and relationships of children in crisis since 1979. For his first two service projects (2014-2015 and 2015-2016) Caden collected food and clothing for his community’s pantry. In addition, Caden has earned Education in Action’s Trailblazer designation by participating in all three Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. We are so proud of this Lone Star Leader! Read the full article recognizing Caden’s work!more
In honor of National Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 12th-18th, we are highlighting an activity recently completed by our 2016-2017 Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council members. Members have committed to a year of continued leadership development in the form of four leadership lessons and a service project. In December, for one of their lessons, Carolyne Markle, Alumni Council Coordinator, challenged all 88 members to reflect on how Random Acts of Kindness received had made them feel and the benefits of performing them. She then challenged them to perform their own Random Acts of Kindness. The 88 members representing schools and districts across Texas completed the assignment and spread goodwill all over the state! Here are just a few examples:
by Kollin Fitch
In 2012, I was nominated to be a delegate at the Lone Star Leadership Academy. I raised the money needed and participated in the LSLA Houston/Galveston camp. Continuing in the LSLA Alumni Council, I was encouraged to get involved in my school and community. After my freshman year, I returned to the LSLA - Houston/Galveston camp as a Youth Facilitator. That experience was the turning point which gave me the confidence and developed my leadership skills needed to serve others. My community service involvement includes Wounded Warrior Project, Ronald McDonald House, Keep Sevier Beautiful, and Sevier County Food Ministries.
While volunteering for the food ministries, I heard many of our “Neighbors” requesting personal care products. Since we don’t provide those items, I felt compelled to get involved and developed my foundation, Project Neighbor Tree - “Branching out to those in need.”
Creating a GoFundMe page generated funds which...more
by Lacey Phillips, Discover Texas Field Trips Program Director
When you hear the name Walker, Texas Ranger, you probably think of Chuck Norris’ portrayal on TV. To many people’s surprise, Chuck Norris is not the original Walker, Texas Ranger. That title belongs to Samuel Hamilton Walker who was born in Maryland and later moved to Texas to join the Texas Rangers. During Walker’s time as a Texas Ranger, he joined the company of the most famous Texas Ranger, “Jack” Hays. Although he died young, Walker became a legend among the Texas Rangers. To learn more, check out this article which originally appeared in the October 2014 edition of The Alamo Messenger, a monthly history publication from the Alamo’s education department.
New for the 2016-2017 school year, Education in Action has added an optional stop at the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco to our “Proud to be Texan” field trip to Austin....more
by Carolyne Markle, Alumni Council Program Coordinator
Eighty-seven outstanding young student leaders from across Texas successfully completed membership in Education in Action’s 2015-2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council. Each student received a certificate of merit for their dedication to developing their leadership skills and their service to their communities.
Members participated in the Lone Star Leadership Academy, a weeklong leadership development summer camp. As graduates of this program, they were invited to join Education in Action’s alumni program, the Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council, to receive leadership training during the school year. Each member completed leadership skill-building lessons and exercised their leadership skills by identifying a need in their community and creating and leading at least two others in a service project of their choosing. Descriptions, photos, and, in some cases, videos of each student’s service project are available at...more
Kudos to second year Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council member Ryan C. of Montgomery ISD! Ryan was named a finalist for the 2016 Presidential Environmental Youth Award for his 2014-2015 Youth Council service project titled "Treasure Island Beach Clean Up - Brazoria County" and received a certificate and a letter from President Obama! For his project, Ryan spent 20 hours with eight volunteers cleaning the Treasure Island beaches near San Luis Pass in Brazoria County. The group's efforts helped provide a safer nesting environment for endangered sea turtles. Ryan is continuing this project again for his 2015-2016 Alumni Council service project.more
by Jordan Long, Policy Analyst, Office of Texas State Representative Matt Rinaldi, House District 115, and 2005 Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumnus
I really enjoyed participating in the Lone Star Leadership Academy back in 2005, and I'm sure that visiting the Capitol fueled my interest in politics/government.
What I most remember about my participation in the camp was my visit to the Capitol, where I had the opportunity to visit with the staff of my state representative and state senator. Then, that would have been Representative Rob Orr and Senator Kip Averitt. Visiting the Capitol and taking the public tour was interesting, but the chance to talk with legislative staff certainly added a more academic and professional dimension to my experience. I was very nervous about visiting the offices, but everybody I met was so friendly and willing to answer questions. I do remember one staffer discussing how they had to work very long hours whenever the Legislature was in session, which I found out first hand several years later. But meeting with legislative staff in the offices was probably the highlight of my trip - as a young kid who even at age 12/13 was interested in government and history, that was the agenda item I...more