Features — 07 November 2013

Murray State University will honor a special group at Saturday’s football game. Before the contest between the Racers and the Eastern Illinois Panthers, student participants in MSU’s Regional Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) will step forward to receive their welcome and recognition.

Before being recognized at the football game, the students and their parents or guardians will participate in an interactive tour of campus including the university libraries, business center and more. They’ll also get to see college level Project Citizen presentations while visiting the Lowery Center. The 9th-grade students began the program in their 8th-grade year.

The all-new program unites emerging young leaders from across the 18-county MSU service region. Applicants from multiple school districts came in, and two from each applying district were chosen as team leaders. Those student leaders then made the first step of selecting their teammates to help them with the project. They’ve participated in field trips across the region to learn more about what is unique and important about southwestern Kentucky and how they can unite to represent the region.

Each of the student teams will present a Project Citizen for the final exhibition in the summer of 2014. The winning team will receive a prize pack including two iPads and much more. The student leaders graduate from the program with better problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, public speaking and conflict management skills, among others.

For more information about the 2014-15 applications and other details about the RYLA program, visit murraystate.edu/outreach and click on the Regional Youth Leadership Academy link.

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