Camp L.E.A.D. to Host 50 Students from Dallas, San Antonio Area

The leadership institute is for rising sophomores, entering their junior year of high school.

The students will participate in team-building exercises to enhance the students understanding of trust and unity.

The students will participate in team-building exercises to enhance the students understanding of trust and unity.

For the second straight year, Texas Tech University is hosting high school students from the Dallas and San Antonio areas for the university’s leadership institute, Camp L.E.A.D. (Leadership Education and Development).

Of the 50 available spots, 39 San Antonio-area students representing 17 schools, and 11 Dallas-area students representing five schools, were chosen out of a pool of applicants to attend the prestigious program June 3-6.

“Camp L.E.A.D. provides high school students with a unique and unforgettable experience, and it is a privilege for Texas Tech to help shape the lives of such a fine group of students,” said Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. “Leadership is key to success, and we at Texas Tech believe it is important to mentor future generations in this vital area.”

Established in 2011, Camp L.E.A.D. is designed to build the character of each student through engaging lessons that focus on teamwork, effective communication and influencing tactics. The summer program provides students with a foundation for their continued leadership, explorations and development.

Students will participate in a variety of activities during the camp, which include individual personal strengths assessments, lessons on understanding their individual strengths, recognizing the uniqueness of others and group dynamics. The students will also participate in team-building exercises such as a ropes course to enhance the students understanding of trust and unity.

Students also will interact with a specialized instructor and successful business and civic leaders through the duration of the camp. All scheduled activities and lodging for the students are located on the Texas Tech campus, and the associated costs are underwritten by private donations.

The camp will host an appreciation luncheon at noon on June 5 at the Texas Tech Club (West Club Level), with guest speaker Kenneth Wallace, a former Texas Tech football player and current assistant superintendent at Galena Park Independent School District in Houston.

The select group of high-achieving students who have been chosen to attend Camp L.E.A.D. are rising sophomores, entering their junior year of high school.

“Congratulations to the top 50 students chosen for the 2012 Camp L.E.A.D. summer program,” said Ashley Marie Gonzales, Camp L.E.A.D. director. “This year’s selection process was highly competitive, as we had many outstanding applications submitted.  We once again congratulate those who were chosen and look forward to welcoming each of the students to our beautiful campus.”