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Pet project gives Lincoln student admission to Texas leadership program

Katie Kimberlin Lincoln Middle

(LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL -- June 5, 2019) — Incoming eighth-grader Katie Kimberlin is among 72 outstanding student leaders from throughout the state who earned membership in Education in Action’s 2018-19 Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council.

The Lincoln student received a certificate of merit for her dedication to developing her leadership skills and for her service to the community. As part of the program, Katie created the service project called “Have a Heart, Help a Pet” that benefits the Humane Society of El Paso.

She enlisted the help from her National Junior Honor Society peers to collect a goal of 50 items for the agency, but the group exceeded expectations bringing in 102 items.

"This experience has allowed me to identify my personal interests, strengths and values,” she said. “I have also learned how to be adaptable and creative because many of my service project plans changed throughout the course of the project. Although there were challenges, I was able to overcome them and successfully complete my service project, which exceeded my original goal."

Katie participated in a weeklong Lone Star Leadership Academy summer camp last year and received leadership training during the school year.
"I am looking forward to attending the Lone Star Leadership Academy this summer in Houston/Galveston and plan on participating in the Alumni Council again next school year,” she said. “The skills I learned over the last year will help me develop an even more successful service project next year.”

Story by Reneé de Santos
Photo courtesy of K. Kimberlin