OCCHS student to attend summit
The Messenger 04.09.08
Obion County Central High School student Tyler Buckelew of Union City will join a select group of students representing their schools, communities and country as People to People student leaders.
He has been accepted into the People to People Leadership Summit to be held June 23-July 2 at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).
Buckelew, the son of Dennis and Susan Buckelew of Union City, maintains a 3.85 grade point average at OCCHS, where he is a member of the marching band and Pep Club. He has been honored as a Student of the Month and been named to the University of Tennessee at Martin Honor Band and the Murray (Ky.) State University Honor Band.
His other honors include scoring his school’s highest score in the UTM Math Competition, being named to First Honor Roll each grading period at Lake Road Elementary and OCCHS, being named to the Top 10 for Lake Road’s eighth-grade class and being voted Most Caring by the faculty at Lake Road as an eighth-grader there.
He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 570, holding life rank, and was selected from the troop for color presentation for NBA Grizzlies games in 2006 and 2008. His other community work includes volunteering at the Obion County Public Library, volunteering for Hometown Walk of Hope and volunteering with Chimes for Charity.
Buckelew also operates the audiovisual and computerized media center each Sunday morning at Union City First United Methodist Church and is a member of the FUMC’s Youth Fellowship.
His interests include swimming, band, reading, camping and youth church activities.
All students accepted into a People to People program must meet rigorous academic and leadership requirements. Buckelew was nominated and accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential.
The People to People Leadership Summits bring together outstanding student leaders from around the globe to focus on leadership, team building, community service, college admissions and professional aspirations. Students work on an action plan to make a difference in their communities, develop skills to help them lead tomorrow’s world and build their college résumés, while also earning academic or service-learning credit.
Participants also gain insights to guide their educational and professional careers and benefit from a strong focus on college admissions. Through workshops, presentations, excursions and discussions, student leaders attain a clear advantage as they pursue and fine-tune their selected fields of interest. Students will have the opportunity to meet with admissions officers and gain valuable advice for navigating the college application process. In some locations, students will be able to tour several area universities.
The 2008 People to People Leadership Summits will convene at American University, Columbia University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Stanford University, UCLA and University of Chicago.
The program is coordinated by People to People Ambassador Programs to fulfill the vision President Dwight D. Eisenhower had for fostering world citizenship when he founded People to People during his presidency in 1956.
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