Bailey Thompson
Bailey Thompson
Baylee Thompson, a sixth-grader at Jacksboro Middle School, participated in the Lone Star Leadership Academy camp this past summer in Austin and San Antonio. She is the daughter of Misty and Travis Thompson of Jacksboro. This past school year, 30 exceptional youth facilitators and 1,007 outstanding 4th-8th grade students were selected to participate in Education in Action's 2013 spring break and summer camps. Lone Star Leadership Academy camps took place in Dallas/Fort Worth for 4th, 5th and 6th graders; Austin/San Antonio for 5th, 6th and 7th graders; and Houston/Galveston for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy was based on each student's demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school/community activities. Andrea Coleman, a teacher at Jacksboro Elementary School nominated Thompson. During the week-long Lone Star Leadership Academy camps, delegations of distinguished students gathered to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. Participants experienced what they are learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically, and environmentally significant sites. Venues included places such as the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on the Dallas/Fort Worth program; the offices of participants' state legislators at the Texas State Capitol, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, bat watching on the Lone Star Riverboat, and The Alamo on the Austin/San Antonio program; and NASA, a boat tour of Galveston Bay with a marine biologist, the San Jacinto Battleground Monument, and Moody Gardens on the Houston/Galveston program. Career speakers introduced participants to a wide variety of unique career and internship opportunities. 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. In addition, participants have fun meeting other outstanding students 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 people to become informed and active leaders in their communities. Students involved in student government, service organizations, and gifted and talented programs are especially good candidates for Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. Educators may nominate their outstanding 4th-8th grade students for 2014 camps online at www.educationinaction.org.