Mackenzie Watson, a student at Taylor Middle School, has been selected to travel to Houston/Galveston to participate in a summer 2018 Lone Star Leadership Academy camp. Watson's selection was based on her outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, involvement in school and community activities and a nomination from her teacher, Audra Cozart.
Watson 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. She will visit significant sites in the Houston/Galveston area including NASA's Johnson Space Center, Moody Gardens, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Battleship Texas State Historic Site, the Port of Houston, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, The Health Museum and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. She will also take part in a boat ride on Galveston Bay with a marine biologist, and stay overnight at the George Observatory and Challenger Learning Center.
Additionally, Watson will learn about future career and internship opportunities through career speaker presentations at each site.
Texas educators facilitate Lone Star Leadership Academy camps including leadership groups where Watson and the other participants will examine qualities of effective leaders, practice leadership skills and discuss what they learn at the sites they visited.
Watson will have fun meeting other outstanding students and making new friends while adding to her resume of academic achievements, developing leadership skills, and bringing home a wealth of information to supplement what she is learning in school.
Education in Action, a non-profit organization, hosts 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 the eighth grade, maintain an 85 or higher average, demonstrate leadership ability, be involved in community or school activities and receive an educator recommendation.