Sara’s selection for the Academy was based on her outstanding academic success, her demonstrated leadership ability, the recommendation by her teacher, Joan Chesshir, and her involvement in school and community activities.
Miss Casas joined a delegation of outstanding students from across the state of Texas. While at the academy, she developed leadership skills while learning about Texas and its leaders. She learned about future career and internship opportunities and visited historically, politically and geographically significant sites including the Austin offices of her state representative and senator, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, LBJ Library, State Cemetery, Governor’s Mansion, State Capitol, Supreme Court and McKinney Roughs Environmental Learning Center. The group was also treated to an evening around a campfire with a cowboy storyteller, the IMAX theater, bat watching on the Lone Star Riverboat, Inner Space Cavern and the final farewell program.
Casas said, “While we worked every day in our Leadership Groups on decision-making, in exercise creativity and practicing presentation skills we were always having a great time. I had a great opportunity to meet some really neat students from all over Texas.”
Casas was involved in student council last year as reporter and hopes to represent her school again next year. She said, “I feel attending this academy has given me new ideas on how to reach our goals in our school and our community. I look forward to sharing these ideas with my fellow classmates when the new school year begins. My parents have always said that a college education is a must but along the way we must network, by meeting as many people as we can and learning from them. With that I feel this is just the beginning for me. I am thankful to my school, my teachers and administrators for assisting me in becoming the best student I can be and to Ms. Chesshir for her recommendation.”