Two BHS students selected for Summer Leadership Institute
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. - Keely Jones and Robert Williams, juniors at Bay High School, were chosen to participate in the Summer Leadership Institute for High School Students. The program is a partnership between the University of Mississippi’s Lott Leadership Institute and the Division of Outreach’s Summer College for High School Students.
“This is such an amazing honor for them to be able to experience this fabulous opportunity, and we are excited to have them represent Bay High School,” said Principal Amy Coyne.
The goals of the program are to develop leadership skills in young citizens and prepare them for college. The Summer Leadership Institute brings together student leaders from across the Southeast to earn college credit on the UM campus and to begin the study of leadership.
Participants meet college administrators, student and community leaders as well as take part in current-event debates, discussions and decision-making activities.
The program culminates with a one-week trip to Washington, D.C., during which the students see the federal government in action, hear from national leaders and tour the nation’s Capitol. Organizers say the ideal outcome is for students who complete the program to return to their high schools and put their new skills to work for the betterment of their schools and communities.
A committee composed of University officials select 40 applicants, 20 per session, from a group of nominated students who are ranked on their demonstrated interest in public service, leadership, concern for others and academic achievements.
Keely Jones (left) and Robert Williams, juniors at Bay High School, have been selected for the Summer Leadership Institute for High School Students.