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Twenty Comal ISD 4th-8th Grade Students Participate in 2018 Lone Star Leadership Academy Camps

Twenty outstanding Comal ISD 4th-8th graders participated in Education in Action’s summer 2018 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. These 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/community activities. The participating students, representing communities across Texas, traveled to Dallas/Fort Worth (4th, 5th & 6th graders), Austin/San Antonio (5th, 6th & 7th graders), and Houston/Galveston (6th, 7th & 8th graders) to take part in the camps.
During the weeklong, overnight camps, these distinguished students developed leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. Participants experienced what they are learning in school through visits to notable and historically significant Texas 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 Supreme Court of Texas, 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. In addition, professionals at sites visited introduced students to a wide variety of unique careers 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. 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.
Students that participated are:
  • Bill Brown Elementary: Zachary Niles 5th
  • Canyon Middle: Angelica Dixon 6th and Justin Johnson 6th 
  • Garden Ridge Elementary: Quinntin Cummings 5th, Ann Kulpa 5th, Caitlyn Mallard 5th, Emma McLendon 5th, Ryan Pee 5th, Atahliah Richardson 5th, Cali Wiatrek 5th
  • Hoffmann Lane Elementary: Maria Arenas 5th, Anna Benson 5th, Cate Ciarlone 5th, Milo Martin-Rider 5th
  • Morningside Elementary: Whesley Oliver 4th
  • Mountain Valley Elementary: Jacob Tuckness 5th and Hannah Tupa 5th
  • Rahe Bulverde Elementary: Isla Segovia 4th
  • Smithson Valley Middle: Annabelle Lewis 7th
  • Startzville Elementary: Avert Hime 5th