Four PISD students participate in distinguished Lone Star Leadership Academy

Four PISD students participate in distinguished Lone Star Leadership Academy
Posted on 09/07/2017
Four PISD students participate in distinguished Lone Star Leadership Academy

By Reesha Brown
PISD Communications

Four Pasadena ISD students were selected to participate in Education in Action’s summer Lone Star Leadership Academy.

  • Bondy eighth grader Emma French,
  • Morris seventh grader Jordan Peralez (formerly of Beverly Hills),
  • Park View eighth grader Elizabeth Dyall and
  • Former Thompson seventh grader Zachary Reimer.

The program provided 1,200 middle school students across Texas with a unique opportunity to explore a variety of careers while touring historical sites at their respective camp locations in the Austin/San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston/Galveston regions. Students at each location developed leadership skills by participating in various activities including group discussions, decision-making simulations and group presentations.

The students were selected based on their academic achievements, leadership skills, a recommendation from an educator and participation in school and community activities.

“We are Pasadena ISD proud of the students and their parents for pursuing this type of enrichment program,” said Pat Sermas, PISD director of advanced academics and AVID. “This is another example of how our district prepares the future leaders of tomorrow.”

Emma French participated in the Houston/Galveston academy, where she visited NASA, the San Jacinto Battleground Monument and Moody Gardens. Jordan Peralez, Elizabeth Dyall and Zachary Reimer participated in the Austin/San Antonio academy, where they toured the Texas State Capitol, the Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Alamo.

Students take part in leadership activities throughout the day, each time focusing on a new challenge.

“For one presentation, we were asked to talk about what would have happened if (General Antonio Lopez de) Santa Ana was never captured,” French said.

This is the second time she has participated in the academy, this time earning the title of alumnus, which allows returning students to assist newcomers as youth facilitators. As a future freshman, she will no longer be able to attend the Lone Star Leadership Academy, but encourages others to take advantage of the educational program.

“I was shy the first day, but we came out of our shells.” French said. “You get to change each other for the better.”

Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering students to become informed and active leaders in their communities. For educators who are interested in nominating students for the Lone Star Academy, please visit The facilitator to student ratio is one to 10 and all facilitators are Texas educators. For more information, please call 817-562-4957 or visit