Young leaders from the Lone Star Leadership Academy visit the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Over the summer, outstanding students from across Texas attended the Lone Star Leadership Academy for a week of fun, learning, leadership development, and to visit unique and historic Texas destinations.  Among those who participated is Stone Middle School 6th grader Landon Watkins. 

Watkins, whose selection was based on his outstanding academic success, leadership ability, and involvement in school and community activities, was nominated by his 5th grade G.T. instructor at Bailey Intermediate, Shelly Bivens.

The young leaders, representing communities across Texas, traveled to Dallas/Fort Worth (4th, 5th & 6th graders), Austin/San Antonio (5th, 6th & 7th graders), and Houston/Galveston (6th, 7th & 8thgraders) to take part in the camps.

During the weeklong, overnight camp in Dallas/Fort Worth, Watkins said they went to places that corresponded with the leadership skill of the day. Venues included the Summit Climbing Gym, AT&T Dallas Cowboy Stadium, Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax, Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and Longhorn Cattle Drive, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Texas Civic War Museum, U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, C. R. Smith Museum of Aviation and Aerodynamics, and the Texas Rangers Ballpark.


Stone 6th grader Landon Watkins (second from left) completes a Texas history activity with others attending the Lone Star Leadership Academy.

Students attending the Lone Star Leadership Academy use problem solving skills at the C. R. Smith Museum of Aviation and Aerodynamics. Sixth grader Landon Watkins, second from left, represented North Lamar ISD at the camp.

“Wednesday we went to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which was my favorite place to go,” said Watkins. “It had awesome interactive exhibits and a sports floor that I was very into.  The skill for that day was communication.”  Additional leadership skills were inclusion, teamwork, creativity, problem-solving, and action.

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.

“I learned a lot about leadership skills,” said Watkins.  “Each skill that I learned about each day is very important to being a good leader.  I will take what I have learned from this camp to be a better leader and person.”