Samantha Roach, daughter of Poncie and Margaret Roach and a student at San Saba Middle School was selected to travel to the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a participant in Education in Action's Lone Star Leadership Academy, June 10-15, 2012. Samantha's selection for the Academy was based on her outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, a nomination from her teacher, Judy McCoy, and her involvement in school and community activities. Education in Action, dedicated to empowering young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities, hosts the Lone Star Leadership Academy.Joining a delegation of outstanding students from across the state, Samantha developed leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas and its leaders. She learned about future career and internship opportunities and visited significant Texas sites including the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Dallas Museum of Nature & Science, the Amon Carter Museum, the Texas Civil War Museum, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Additional activities included the Summit Climbing Gym, the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, and tours of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and Ranger Ballpark in Arlington.The Lone Star Leadership Academy provides unique opportunities for outstanding 4th - 8th graders to learn about the Spirit of Texas. Participants discuss what they learn, complete problem solving and decision-making simulations, exercise creativity, and practice presentation skills in Leadership Groups. In addition, participants have fun meeting other outstanding students and making new friends while adding to their resume of academic achievements, developing leadership skills, and bringing home a wealth of information to supplement what they are learning in school.