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Frisco ISD Students Selected for Lone Star Leadership Academy (April, 2006)

Morgan Polk, daughter of Jeff and Brenda Polk and a student at Clark Middle School in the Frisco Independent School District, has been selected to travel to the Houston/Galveston area as a participant in Education in Action's Lone Star Leadership Academy, July 17-21, 2006. Morgan's selection for the Academy was based on her outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, and Morgan's school/community involvement including being a member of the National Junior Honor Society and receiving a one rating for both her solo and ensemble for the band Solo and Ensemble contest. Education in Action, dedicated to fostering educated and involved Texans, hosts the Lone Star Leadership Academy to "Instill the Spirit of Texas in Tomorrow's Leaders".

Morgan's U.S. Senators, the Honorable John Cornyn and the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, and U.S. Representative, the Honorable Sam Johnson, District 3, have been notified of her accomplishment.

Joining a delegation of outstanding students from across the state of Texas, Morgan will develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas and its leaders. She will learn about future career and internship opportunities and visit historically, scientifically and environmentally significant sites including the Johnson Space Center, Moody Gardens, the San Jacinto Battleground Monument, Battleship Texas, the Port of Houston and Galveston Bay. Additional activities will include the IMAX Theater, dinner on the Kemah boardwalk and a farewell program.

Although there are many activities students can participate in during summer break, the Lone Star Leadership Academy provides unique opportunities for outstanding 5th-8th graders 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 have fun meeting students from area schools 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.

The Lone Star Leadership Academy calls for participants to become active citizens and leaders in their communities. Participants on the Lone Star Leadership Academy - Houston/Galveston program must be in the 7th or 8th grade, maintain an 85 or higher average, demonstrate academic and leadership ability, receive an educator recommendation and be involved in community or school activities. Education in Action also offers a Lone Star Leadership Academy ­Dallas/Fort Worth program for outstanding 5th and 6th graders and Austin program for outstanding 6th and 7th graders. Students involved in student government and service organizations are especially good candidates for the Lone Star Leadership Academy. Facilitator/student ratio is one to 10 and all facilitators are Texas educators. For more information about Education in Action or the Lone Star Leadership Academy - Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin or Houston/Galveston programs, call 817-285-8961 or visit www.educationinaction.org.