Highland student selected for Lone Star Leadership Academy

Kevin Pantoja, son of Felix and Aida Pantoja and a student at Highland Middle School in the Highland Independent School District, has been selected to travel to the Houston/Galveston area as a participant in Education in Action's Lone Star Leadership Academy, July 11-15, 2011. Kevin's selection for the Academy was based on his outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, a recommendation by his counselor, Rebecca Rees, and his involvement in school and community activities. Education in Action, dedicated to fostering educated and involved Texans, hosts the Lone Star Leadership's Academy to "Instill the Spirit of Texas in Tomorrow's Leaders."Kevin's U.S. Senators, the Honorable John Cornyn and the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and U.S. Representative, the Honorable Susan King, District 71, will be notified of his accomplishment.Joining a delegation of outstanding students from across the state of Texas, Kevin will develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas and its leaders. He will learn about future career and internship opportunities and visit historically, scientifically and environmentally significant sites including NASA's Johnson Space Center, Moody Gardens, the San Jacinto Battleground Monument, Battleship Texas, the Port of Houston, the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Additional activities will include a boat ride on Galveston Bay with a marine biologist, an overnight stay at the George Observatory, dinner on Kemah boardwalk and a farewell program.The Lone Star Leadership Academy provides unique opportunities for outstanding fourth through eighth graders to learn about the Spirit of Texas and what it truly 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 and bringing home a wealth of information to supplement what they are learning in school.The Lone Star Leadership Academy calls for participants to become active citizens and leaders in their communities. Participants in the Lone Star Leadership Academy — Houston/Galveston program must be in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade, maintain an 85 or higher average, demonstrate academic and leadership ability, receive an educator recommendation and be involved in community or school activities. Education in Action also offers the Lone Star Leadership Academy — Dallas/Fort Worth program for outstanding fourth through sixth graders and the Austin program for outstanding fifth through seventh graders. Students involved in student government and service organizations are especially good candidates for Lone Star Leadership Academy programs. Educators are invited to nominate their outstanding fourth through eighth grade students for 2011 programs online at www.educationinaction.org. Facilitator to student ratio is 1 to 10 and all facilitators are Texas educators. For more information about Education in Action or the Lone Star Leadership Academy--Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, or Houston/Galveston programs, call 817-562-4957 or visit www.educationinaction.org. You may also follow Education in Action on Twitter at twitter.com/eiatexas and on Facebook at facebook.com/educationinaction to receive new about our programs.