Joe Martinez of Donna, a sophomore at South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA), is one of 200-plus delegates from South and Central Texas to attend the Giving Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) Youth Leadership Program in San Antonio June 10-13.

The four-day seminar encourages exceptional high school sophomores to explore their leadership potential by encouraging them to think for themselves and express their beliefs. Community, business, non-profit, judicial and other leaders from South and Central Texas will participate in the program as speakers or panelists. After each development session, Martinez and his peers will meet in small groups to discuss the topic(s) being presented and learn the traits of leaders in the process.

Martinez, 16, is the son of Dora and Ramon Martinez. He plans to attend Rice University in Houston and major in Architecture or Engineering.

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