Drew McNeal, son of Johnna and James McNeal and a student at Bailey Intermediate School in North Lamar ISD, has been selected to travel to Dallas/Fort Worth to participate in a summer 2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy camp. McNeal’s selection was based on his academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, involvement in school and community activities and a nomination from his teacher, Kim Lacey.

McNeal will join a delegation of outstanding students from across the state to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas and its leaders. He will visit significant sites in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area, including the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Texas Civil War Museum, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. He will also participate in activities at the Summit Climbing Gym, the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens and tour Dallas Cowboys Stadium and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Additionally, Drew will learn about future career and internship opportunities through speaker presentations at the sites visited.

Texas educators facilitate Lone Star Leadership Academic camps, including leadership groups where McNeal and other participants will examine qualities of effective leaders, practice leadership skills and discuss what they learn at the sites to be visited. In addition, McNeal will have fun meeting other outstanding students and making new friends while adding to his resume of academic achievements, developing leadership skills and bringing home a wealth of information to supplement what he is learning in school.

Education in Action, a non-profit organization, plays host to 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 Leadership Academy camps in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio and Houston/Galveston. Participants must be in the fourth through eighth grade, maintain an 85 or higher average, demonstrate leadership ability, be involved in community or school activities and receive an educator recommendation. Educators are invited to nominate their outstanding fourth- through eighth-grade students for Lone Star Leadership Academy camps online at educationinaction.org. For more information, call 817-562-4957 or visit educationinaction.org or www.facebook.com/educationinaction.

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