Young leaders recognized at GRISD meeting

Special Report
Back: Board members Marilyn Phillips, Wade Busch, Brady Brown, Paul Phillips, Jason Dillard, Kelley Snodgrass and Wayne Rotan. Front: Intermediate Principal Lauri Mapes, Nicholas Itayem, Jake Gilbreath and Junior High Principal Vicki Goebel.

Glen Rose ISD is proud to announce that two Glen Rose Junior High students were selected for the 2018 Lone Star Leadership Academy. Congratulations to Nicholas Itayem, 6th grade student, and Jake Gilbreath, 8th grade student. Nicholas and Jake were recognized at the Glen Rose ISD Board of Trustees meeting on Aug. 27.

One thousand one hundred twenty-one outstanding 4th-8th graders participated in Education in Action’s summer 2018 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. Additionally, 24 student alumni returned to serve in a leadership role as youth facilitators. 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.

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.

GRISD Assistant Superintendent Susan Wright said, “Gilbreath and Itayem clearly showcase all of the skills for leadership. We are thrilled that they were chosen and worked so hard at the week long camp and represented GRISD so well.”