Street attends Student Leadership Academy
SPRUCE PINE – For Todd Street, this past summer brought an unforgettable experience.
Street, a junior at Tri-County Christian School who is also enrolled at Mayland Community College, was the recipient of a full scholarship to attend the Student Leadership Academy – a weeklong leadership training program operated through the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Street participated in the academy June 24-30 and experienced a myriad of hands-on lessons involving real WWII examples and stories.
Street viewed the museum’s vast archive of artifacts, exhibits and images. As a student of the academy, he also saw behind the scenes into some of the artifact vaults.
“It was amazing,” Street said. “They let us go into the vault and see stuff that wasn’t on the normal displays.”
Street said he learned valuable lessons while experiencing the museum’s collection of more than 250,000 objects and 9,000 oral histories.
“It was a great opportunity to get outside my comfort zone,” he said. “I learned a lot of leadership skills.”
In addition to lessons at the academy, participants also experienced the history of New Orleans through trips to the Chalmette National Battlefield, Louisiana National Guard, National Cemetery, New Orleans Museum of Art and the French Quarter.
Street said New Orleans was “awesome” and he would love to return.
Janie Greene, Street’s history teacher at Tri-County Christian School, said the fact Street flourished at the academy comes as no surprise.
“Todd has a passion for anything related to WWI and WWII,” Greene said. “His knowledge of that time in history is amazing.”