The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

May 30, 2012

Greenville student selected for leadership academy

Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — Coleman Avants, son of Chad and Sheila Avants and a student at Greenville Sixth Grade Center in the Greenville Independent School District, has been selected to travel to the Austin/San Antonio area as a participant in Education in Action’s Lone Star Leadership Academy, June 24-29.  

Coleman’s selection for the Academy was based on his outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, successful completion of a previous Lone Star Leadership Academy program, and his involvement in school and community activities.  Education in Action, dedicated to empowering young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities, hosts the Lone Star Leadership Academy.

Coleman’s Texas state representative and senator will be notified of his accomplishment. He will be visiting the Austin offices of his state legislators while attending the program.

Joining a delegation of outstanding students from across the states, Coleman will develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas and its leaders. He will learn about future career and internship opportunities and visit historically, politically, and geographically significant sites including the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, LBJ Library, Alamo, Institute of Texan Cultures, Witte Museum State Cemetery, State Capitol, Supreme Court, and Aquarina Springs. Additional activities will include an evening around the campfire with a cowboy storyteller, IMAX Theater, bat watching on the Lone Star Riverboat, Natural Bridge Caverns, and a farewell program.

The Lone Star Leadership Academy provides unique opportunities for outstanding fourth-eighth 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 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.