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Longview teen picked for National Four-Star Leadership Workshop

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Tiya Taylor sitting in the Oklahoma state senate on Monday. (Courtesy: Tiya Taylor) Tiya Taylor sitting in the Oklahoma state senate on Monday. (Courtesy: Tiya Taylor)

Released by Four-Star Leadership with Gen. Tommy Franks

LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - Tiya Taylor, 16, an incoming junior this fall at Trinity School of Texas, is among fifty  students nationwide who have been selected to participate in the Four Star Leadership program, offering leadership training, policy debate, speech competition and scholarships, and the opportunity to engage with national and global leaders, July 14-20 in Oklahoma City. 

     Taylor was chosen for her demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding character. She is an honor roll student, a cheerleader, and recipient of Bridget Hewitt Math and Science Scholarship. She has been selected for Top Teens of America, and is involved in the Woodland Hill Church of Christ Youth and Technology Ministries, DECA, Delta GEMS.

    Taylor plans to attend University of Texas at Austin.

    "Attending Four Star Leadership will be a great opportunity for me to meet and collaborate with other teens to discuss national and global issues in an effort to become more knowledgeable," said Taylor. "It will also enhance my leadership abilities and provide the possibility of acquiring scholarships for myself, as well as my school."

      Former Commander-in-Chief of American and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, General Franks will host the camp, and guest speakers at the conference will include news commentator and former presidential consultant Karl Rove, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, and Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb. Round trip travel for Taylor, and all participants in the program has been generously provided by PepsiCo, Inc.  

      Since 2008, "Four Star" has welcomed more than 200 high school students from all over the U.S., and 30 international students.  Kings, governors, senators, Olympic Gold medalists and top national policy experts have mentored students in developing and demonstrating the core leadership principles of the program: character, common vision, communication, and caring.

      Each session will follow curriculum designed to develop leadership skills and challenge students through teambuilding exercises, collaboration, spontaneous problem solving and competition. Excursions during the week will provide participants opportunities to further develop and employ those skills through cultural experiences and service projects.

     "This life-changing learning experience is the finest kind of investment in a young person's character, education and commitment to a lifetime of leadership," said Gen. Franks.

     This year's Four Star Leadership Congressional Debate competition offers students expert policy briefings so they may address those issues in persuasive speech and editorial contests, while collaborating in a model Student Congress.  Students will investigate contemporary policy controversies ranging from energy policy to human rights.

     Four Star Leadership with General Tommy Franks is an all-inclusive program (tuition, room, board, travel and fees) that is free to the selected students.  Four Star Leadership provides an avenue for recognition, scholarships and letters of recommendation.

    Competition finalists will be awarded scholarships to be applied at the college of their choice. Four participants who successfully complete the program will have an opportunity to receive a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Texas in Arlington and every student will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop their leadership potential.

     Co-hosts for the conference are the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), Oklahoma Christian University, and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.

For more information, please visit http://fourstarleader.com/.

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