McKINNEY — For four McKinney ISD students from Faubion Middle School, McGowen Elementary and Webb Elementary, a break from school doesn’t mean a break from learning.

Gwendolyn Cappel-McCoy (Faubion MS), Ivan Garza, Bryanna Rollen (Webb ES) and Jack Connolly (McGowen ES) were among 1,007 outstanding Texas fourth through eighth graders selected to participate in Education in Action’s 2013 Lone Star Leadership Academy spring break and summer camps.

Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy was based on each student’s demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation and involvement in school/community activities.

Ivan, Bryanna and Jack participated in the Dallas/Fort Worth camp for fourth through sixth graders while Gwendolyn traveled to the Houston/Galveston camp for sixth through eighth graders.

During the weeklong camps, they joined distinguished students from around the state to develop their leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. Participants experienced first hand what they have been learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically and environmentally significant sites.

Venues included locations such as the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on the Dallas/Fort Worth program and NASA, a boat tour of Galveston Bay with a marine biologist, the San Jacinto Battleground Monument, and Moody Gardens on the Houston/Galveston program. Career speakers introduced the participants to a wide variety of career and internship opportunities.

“The Lone Star Leadership Academy camps provide an excellent opportunity for our students to develop friendships with other students interested in discussing and discovering important issues of the day,” said Karen Green, McKinney ISD Gifted and Talented Coordinator.

“Students have the opportunity to analyze speaker’s remarks and opinions while developing their own leadership skills. We are so proud that these McKinney ISD students were selected to participate in the 2013 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps.”

Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people to become informed and active leaders in their communities. Students involved in student government, service organizations, and gifted and talented programs are especially good candidates for Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. Educators may nominate their outstanding 4th-8th grade students for 2014 camps online at Facilitator/student ratio is one to 10 and all facilitators are Texas educators. For more information about the Lone Star Leadership Academy visit or

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or


About McKinney ISD

One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,000 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, one alternative school and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at