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American Leaders Institute

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The class of 2012 just returned from a week at the American Leaders Institute in Washington, DC.  Each day was filled with conversation with many significant business and government leaders.

According to the students, one of the highlights of the trip was the opportunity to speak on the House Floor with TLF’s Honorary Chairman Congressman Pete Sessions during their night time tour of the Capitol.  TLF students were invited to sit in on Cong. Sessions’ Telephone Town Hall Meeting on Monday night to hear constituent’s questions and discussion about current issues facing our nation.  Throughout the week, they heard from several Washington leaders and attended educational tours at the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian Museums, the State Department and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO).

A special thanks to Southwest Airlines and Veolia Transportation (SuperShuttle) for their continued support of TLF.  Click here to see more pictures from our trip to Washington!

TLF Students Overcome Adversity

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Stephanie Eyocko, Class of 2011, and Yoel Zehaie, Class of 2010, were recently featured in the Lake Highlands Advocate for their perseverance and hard work.  Stephanie’s long term goal is to help improve education policies by running for the position of state representative for District 107 (Lake Highlands).  To prepare, Stephanie will be attending the University of Oklahoma in the fall and looks forward to studying political science and Mandarin Chinese.  A teacher at Lake Highlands stated, “Stephanie’s goals, talents, and noble character combine to make a young woman brimming with potential.  I can’t wait to see where she ends up.”

When Yoel Zehaie was five years old, he was diagnosed with epilepsy. After trial and error over many years, Yoel has learned what triggers the attacks and tries to control them. In addition to monitoring his habits, Yoel has changed his attitude. Instead of feeling self-pity, he has learned to be upbeat. He comments that “as I matured, I learned I can only control what I can control, and I can’t be concerned about what I can’t control. That attitude has helped me in my health, academics and in general.” A teacher at Lake Highlands states that “he works diligently and instigates lively discussions. His gregarious personality brightens everyone’s day.” Yoel will be attending the University of Texas at Arlington where he intends on studying political science.

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TLF Students Excel

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During 2012 high school graduation ceremonies, a number of TLF students received special recognition. Marcus Alvarez (left), Luke Strother (middle) and Ben Bode (right) each graduated valedictorian of their class. Marcus graduated from Nimitz High School and will continue his studies at Stanford University in the fall. Luke Strother, W.T. White High School, and Ben Bode, Jefferson High School, will both be attending Texas A&M. Furthermore, Jordan Prasifka (not pictured) graduated salutatorian from Conrad High School and will attend UT Arlington.

All of our students have worked diligently and applied for many scholarships. Stephanie Eyocko applied for a record number of scholarships – 75! Along with receiving several local scholarships, Stephanie, as well as Marcus Alvarez, is a recipient of a Dell Scholarship award. Marcus was also awarded a Gates Foundation scholarship. The list of scholarships which TLF students have received continues to expand each day as a reflection of their focus and determination to go to college.

Congratulations to the class of 2012!