LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A group of Angelina County high school students are going to class this morning with a new perspective on community leaders.
For more than 20 years Angelina leaders have been passing on knowledge to the leaders of tomorrow with the annual Leadership Tomorrow's Justice and Politics day.
Several Angelina County students could be the next leaders of the county.
"There's a lot more leadership roles that you wouldn't think there are in the community. We realize we need leadership almost anywhere you go," Center student Nichole Philips said.
The high school juniors are learning the qualities of being a good leader by visiting city and county offices.
Their first lesson came fast when their tour of the Lufkin firehouse got cut short by an emergency.
"No matter what's going on, the job comes first," Huntington student Travis Carrell. "You have to do your job. No matter what you are doing or how you feel, doing what you are paid to do, needs to be your primary goal."
Not all the students' career dreams involve being a public leader, but some took the trip to the Angelina County Court House as an opportunity to take a hold of their dream.
"I want to do criminal law and this is going to be pretty close to what I want to do so this is definitely going to be a hit or a miss for what I want to do," Diboll student Lexi Hodges said. "I'm hoping this will confirm that this is the correct career path for me."
The students learn a lot, but so do the leaders.
"It continues to inspire me that we have a younger generation that is interested in something other than their selves and they want to step out and make a difference," Judge Paul White said.
One day these students hope to return the favor to others.
This wasn't the only event the students will take part in. The students will be having a volunteer work day at the Lufkin State Supported Living Center in December.
To learn more about the group, you can visit their webpage.