Christian Morales, a fifth grade student at North Alamo Elementary, was selected to attend the 2010 Lone Star Leadership Academy where he was able to develop leadership skills while learning about the great State of Texas. He attended the weeklong academy in Dallas/Fort Worth during Spring Break (March 15-19).

Only outstanding Texas fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students from across the state participated in Education in Actionís Lone Star Leadership Academy programs in Dallas/Fort Worth (fifth and sixth graders) and Austin (sixth and seventh graders).

Morales and other 55 students from across the state were selected based on a their demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school and community activities.

Participants experienced what they are learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically, and environmentally significant sites. Morales was able to visit Dallas/Fort Worth historical landmarks 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. During the academy, the students were also able to listen to speakers highlighting different careers and internship opportunities.

The Lone Star Leadership Academy provides an exceptional opportunity for outstanding students 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 in leadership groups. In addition, participants meet other outstanding students from across the State of Texas and make 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 Texans to become informed and active leaders in their communities. Outstanding 5th-8th grade student leaders from across the state are invited to participate in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin and Houston/Galveston Lone Star Leadership Academy programs. For more information about Education in Action or the Lone Star Leadership Academy visit www.educationinaction.org.