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Summer leadership camp open for high school students

By Gary Lloyd

BIRMINGHAM — The Walsh Academy of Leadership is now open for rising high school juniors and seniors.

The two-night, three-day summer leadership camp is scheduled for July 24-26 at the University of Montevallo, and will host 30 rising high school juniors and seniors.

Students will stay at the Ramsay Conference Center, where they will gain the college life experience. The American Village will join the Walsh Academy of Leadership to give the students a look at what leadership was like during the time of America’s founders. There will be various speakers on the subject of leadership, fun activities such as an “Amazing Race,” and students will learn how to work as a team to become good leaders.

An added bonus will be the “golden ticket” students will receive upon graduating from the academy to attend the Youth Leadership Development Program for the following academic year. Students that have not graduated from the academy are sent to the development program from their high school counselors and principals.

The Youth Leadership Development Program is a yearlong leadership program. This year the development program presented 1,000 in scholarships. Some students from schools in Trussville, Clay and Pinson have earned scholarships through the program.

The Walsh Academy of Leadership is sponsored by Jefferson State Community College, the Birmingham Athletic Program, the University of Montevallo, The Boy Scouts of America, The American Village, Lawson State Community College, St. Vincent’s Health System and Wallace State Community College.

Attendance for the academy is 0. Financial assistance can be arranged. Students who can’t pay will not be turned away.

Students may apply by visiting

For more information, contact Danielle Collar at

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