Dayton ISD student selected for Lone Star Leadership Academy

LIBERTY, March 15, 2014 – Amanda Carden, daughter of Charlie and Maxine Carden, a student at Nottingham Middle School in the Dayton Independent School District, and a youth leader in the Liberty County 4-H program has been selected to travel to the Houston/Galveston area as a participant in Education in Action’s Lone Star Leadership Academy, June 22-27, 2014. Amanda’s selection for the Academy was based on her outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, involvement in school and community activities, and her successful completion of previous Lone Star Leadership Academy programs.

Education in Action, dedicated to empowering young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities, host the Lone Star Leadership Academy.
According to Amanda, “Education in Action was a great experience for me to learn so many leadership skills in hands-on activities” and demonstrated much excitement for her next trip. Texas A&M AgriLife Liberty County Extension Agent, Alexis Cordova, says, “Young leaders like Amanda shine among her peers and should not only be recognized for her dedication but her ability to seek leadership and citizenship skills that will make her successful! Education and experience are gifts no person can take away! On behalf of the Liberty County 4-H program, I applaud her accomplishment.”

Amanda’s Senator, Robert Nichols, and Representative, John Otto were notified of her accomplishment. Pictured was Amanda’s last visit to the state capital while visiting Representative John Otto.

Joining a delegation of outstanding students from across the states, Amanda will develop leadership skills while learning about a 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 N A S A ‘s Johnson’s Space Center, Moody Garden, the San Jacinto Monument, Battleship Texas, the PORT OF Houston, the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, the Health Museum, the Weather Museum, and Houston Museum of Natural Science. Additional Activities will include a boat ride on Galveston Bay with a Marine biologist, an overnight stay at George Observatory, dinner on the Kemah board walk, and a farewell program.

Upon completion of the Houston/Galveston program, Amanda will receive Education in Action’s Lone Star Trailblazer designation recognizing Amanda’s participation in all three Lone Star Leadership Academy programs: Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, and Houston/Galveston. Education in Action honors this select group of students for choosing to develop their leadership skills and learn about the great state of Texas major metropolitan areas.

The Lone Star Leadership Academy provides unique opportunities for outstanding 4th -8th graders to learn about the Spirit of Texas. 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 others outstanding students and making new friends while adding to their resume of academic achievements, developing leadership skills, and bringing 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 in the Lone Star Leadership Academy- Houston/Galveston program must be in the 6th,7th, or 8th grade, maintain an 85 or higher average, demonstrate academic and leadership ability, receive an educator nomination, and be involved in community or school activities. Education in Action also offers the Lone Star Leadership Academy-Dallas/Fort Worth program for outstanding 4th-6th graders and the Austin/San Antonio program for outstanding 5th-7th graders. Students involved in student government and service organizations are especially good candidates for Lone Star Leadership Academy programs. Educators are invited to nominate their outstanding 4th-8th grade students on line at Facilitator to student ratio is 1 to 10 and all facilitators are Texas educators. For more information about Education in Action or the Lone Star Leadership Academy, call 817-562-4957 or visit

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