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Panther Leadership Academy

Panther Leadership Academy (PLA)

The Mission of PLA is:

"To equip young men and women with leadership tools that will increase their influence and value in society through exemplary servant leadership, modeled by the life and teachings of Jesus."

PLA accomplishes this by…

  • Providing personal leadership instruction/training from local community leaders
  • Providing exceptional leadership training/experiences through our partnership with Student Leadership University
  • Providing hands-on opportunities to practice leadership on the campus and in the community
  • Teaching interview skills and providing actual interview experiences
  • Encouraging community service
  • Encouraging personal development and scholarship through reading
  • Encouraging spiritual growth and active participation in the local church

Students desiring to join the program must fill out a PLA Application Form and turn it in at the beginning of the school year.  Once reviewed, students will be put in contact with a partnering community leader who will conduct the entrance interview for the program.  Upon completion of the application and interview, students receive a letter of acceptance, and their leadership training begins!

There are three paths to take within the academy:

Path #1- PLA Member

PLA members are students who go through the application and interview processes and get accepted into the academy.  No other criterion is needed for this recognition.

Path #2- PLA Graduate

Students who want to push themselves harder to develop their leadership potential may choose to work towards becoming a PLA graduate.  Graduates are students who obtain 130 points according to the PLA Points Rubric.  They will turn in a detailed portfolio near the end of the school year for review.  Students who achieve this recognition will receive a full year of ETCA class credit which will appear as a 100 on their school transcript.

Path #3- PLA Honor Graduate

Students who want to take full advantage of everything PLA has to offer may choose to work towards becoming a PLA honor graduate.  Honor graduates are students who obtain 200 points according to the PLA Points Rubric.  They too will turn in a detailed portfolio near the end of the school year for review.  Students who achieve this recognition will also receive a full year of ETCA class credit which will appear as a 100 on their school transcript.  That 100 will also be weighted according to our ETCA honor class grading standards, which will show up on their GPA as a 110.