The ribbons are lined neatly along the floor as the rows bump up against each other and seem to go on forever. Ariel Draper is an accomplished student with more awards as an elementary student than most people will earn in a lifetime.

And she is just the type of student the Lone Star Leadership Academy camp is looking for.

Elementary schools across the state were encouraged to nominate their very best students for the elite weeklong academy.

To qualify, nominees were required to demonstrate leadership ability, be involved in their school/community and have a grade point average of 85 or higher. For Ariel, she hopes the camp will sharpen her skills even more.

“I want to learn how to be a better leader. I would like to learn how to become more adventurous,” she said. “I really want to learn how to build a great college resume so I can go to Harvard.”

The Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School student will be joined by Martin Walker Elementary students Jasmine Addy, Elena Persley and Nicholas Hollingsworth.

Ariel welcomes the company.

“I look forward to meeting more kids who are like me,” she said. “I look forward to learning new things and visiting all the places they are going to take us to. I really hope that one of the speakers they have is a business owner.”

Texas educators facilitate the camp including leadership groups where Cove ISD students will examine qualities of effective leaders, practice leadership skills and discuss what they learn at sites they visit.

Activities for the students include seeing a variety of sites in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including a Dallas Cowboys Stadium and Texas Rangers Stadium tour, the Fort Worth Stockyards, Amon Carter Museum, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Museum of Nature and Science, Texas Civil War Museum, U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.

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