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Posted: Monday, September 3, 2018 1:15 am

A fifth-grade Milam Magnet Elementary student recently participated in the Lone Star Leadership Academy in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Analiese Castellanos, a 10-year-old fifth-grader, said she learned about Texas history, acquired leadership skills, and among other things, found out about bulldogging. Students wrote a short song about the camp they performed during closing ceremonies.

She applied for the camp when she was in fourth grade. Education in Action Outreach Director Monica Hayes said her group had 45 students in grades four through six and the camp ran from July 22 through July 27.

Going to the Fort Worth stockyards was an experience she’ll remember. She said they saw bulls going down the street and found out how they were rounded up.

Castellanos said the students would talk about what they learned every day and filled out a form.

“It was fun and we would just talk about what we learned that day and what words we could add to the song at the end of the week,” she said.

Education in Action organizes the camps for fourth through eighth graders, its website said.

School counselor Felicita Garcia said students who take part should be A or A and B students and show leadership skills. Along with Castellanos, there was another Ector County ISD student who attended.

Garcia said those attending have to raise money for their trip. There are also scholarships available.

Castellanos said she will try for a scholarship for next year.

“You have to make a video on what you did at camp. That’s how we’re going to get money to go back,” she said.

Hayes said there are other opportunities for scholarships on the organization’s website.

In her group, Castellanos said she was the only one from Odessa.

“It was weird at first, but it was cool and I got to learn to where they’re from and all about where they live and stuff …,” she said.

Everyone divided into groups for field trips and they had a Texas hero or inventor to identify them.

Her group had Bill Pickett, who invented bull dogging.

Garcia said she thinks the camp is beneficial because students get a chance to be out on their own and learn about Texas history in a fun way “that’s not in the books.”



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