High school students encouraged to apply for Inspired Leadership Challenge sponsored by Cameron University and General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum

Cameron University and the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum in Hobart will present the Inspired Leadership Challenge (ILC) for outstanding Oklahoma high school students on Saturday, March 29 in Cynthia S. Ross Hall and CETES Conference Center. ILC is a one-day competitive leadership challenge during which participants will gain vital leadership skills, take part in team-building exercises, receive policy briefings and instruction, and compete in a speech competition. The competition will include scholarship awards and a chance to attend the national Four Star Leadership Program in July. High school students can apply online at www.tommyfranksmuseum.org. There is no charge to attend. Registration deadline is March 19. For more information, call (580) 726-5900.

“Cameron University is pleased to partner with the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum to present the Inspired Leadership Challenge,” says Jennifer Holland, Vice President for Student Services. “The event is an outstanding opportunity for high school students to discover their leadership potential throughout a day filled with engaging and interactive activities.”

ILC, built around the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum’s Inspired Leadership Experience, is inspired by the life and leadership principles of General (Ret.) Tommy Franks. The event is built on the foundation of the Four Stars of Leadership (Character, Communication, Common Vision, and Caring). The event is sponsored in part by Arvest Bank.

Following a series of brief workshops, informational sessions and exercises, participants will take part in a persuasive speaking competition that offers $6,000 in scholarships. Students will receive a policy briefing about a relevant political topic as well as a public speaking workshop to assist in the development of a 3-5 minute speech. The speeches will be delivered before an expert panel of judges.

Students will also compete for a chance to attend the Four Star Leadership Program this summer. The annual national camp provides comprehensive leadership training to 50 of the top high school students in the nation.

In conjunction with ILC, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs is sponsoring additional Opinion Editorial and Video contests, which must be completed online by March 10 and which offer scholarship awards. For more information on these two contests, which require a separate application, go to www.ocpathink.org/inspired-leadership-challenge.

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February 26, 20114

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