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04/30/2014 12:00 AM

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Leadership program

seeking applicants

The May 9 deadline for applications to Gen. Tommy Franks’ Four-Star Leadership Institute draws near for high school students seeking entry to the prestigious leadership program. Only 50 students will be chosen to participate. They will meet with authors, politicians and global-thought leaders, and participate in leadership training, policy debate and speech competition. Students will receive free travel, room and board to the July 13-19 program.

Scholarships totaling $400,000 will be available to the students, according to a news release from Four-Star Leadership, or 4SL. Three participants will receive full-tuition scholarships to the University of Texas, Arlington, and $20,000 in scholarship grants will be awarded to competition winners.

Any of the 50 participants who choose to attend Oklahoma Christian University also will receive a $1,000 per year scholarship for up to four years.

“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,” Franks said in the news release.

Since 2008, 4SL has welcomed 206 American high school students from 42 states, and 32 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 curricula designed to develop leadership skills and challenge students through team-building exercises, collaboration, spontaneous problem-solving and competition. Excursions during the week will include cultural experiences and service projects.

This year’s Four Star Leadership 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.

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Nursing day camp for teens seeks applicants

The Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Camp, a day camp to introduce ninth- through 12th-graders to the nursing profession, will be offered June 7 at the California State University, Stanislaus, Event Center. Space is limited to 50 participants, and the deadline to apply is May 14, if spots remain open until then.

Teens will learn about the various degrees in nursing: BSN, MSN, PhD and DNP. They will participate in hands-on activities in many areas of nursing, visit the university’s Nursing Simulation Lab, and talk with current nursing students and with practicing nurses.

The fee is $40 and includes the program, lunch, snacks and a camp T-shirt. For more information, call camp chairwoman Rosie Lopez at (209) 535-4928 or co-chairwoman Cecilia Vera at (209) 480-4122.

– Bee staff

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