PHARR – Three incoming middle school students from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA) were recently selected to travel to Austin/San Antonio to participate in the 2017 Lone Star Leadership Academy Camp. Emily Garza an incoming 8th grade student from Austin Middle School in San Juan and Ryan Ramirez and Madeline Venegas both incoming 7th graders from Liberty Middle School in Pharr were selected based on their outstanding academic success, demonstrated ability, involvement in school and community activities.
Education in Action, a nonprofit organization, hosts Lone Star Leadership Academy camps to empower young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities. Outstanding Texas students are invited to participate in Lone Star Academy camps in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, and Houston/Galveston. Participants must be in the 4th – 8th grade students, maintain an 85 or higher average, demonstrate leadership ability, be involved in the community or school activities, and receive an educator recommendation.
The three PSJA students joined a delegation of outstanding students from across the state to develop leadership skills while learning about the great State of Texas and its leaders. They visited significant sites in the Austin/San Antonio area, including the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the LBJ Library and Museum, the Alamo, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Texas State Cemetery, the Texas Capitol, the Supreme Court of Texas, Austin City Limits, and the Meadows Center for Water and Environment.