Brandon Pearce, senior at Lohn High School, attended the Ben Sheppard Forum at the University of Permian Basin in Odessa, July 9-13 and the annual forum held at the Capitol in Austin, Sept. 14-16. To participate in the forums, students must be active in a student leadership forum, completing a community project and be nominated by their school to attend the camp. The attendees are chosen on letters of recommendation, personal essays and completion of their leadership goals. Brandon, the son of Bobby and Terri Pearce, has held the office of president of his class since 1998. He is a member of Boy Scouts of America, Troop 450, earning his Eagle Scout status at age 15; a member and officer of the Lohn Future Farmers of America; has competed in livestock shows since 1994; was inducted as a member of the National Honor Society in 2000; attended the Lion’s Club Honor Banquet; won the 2000 Government In-Action Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.; and attended the 2000 Texas Farm Bureau Citizenship Seminar. He is very active in school and volunteer projects. He was honored by being named to the Texas 1-A Coaches Academic All State Basketball Team for the 2000-2001 school year. Students across Texas attend leadership forums at their home schools to learn skills such as goal setting and business etiquette. The activities also include learning to depend on and interact with others as well as refining social skills. “It provides young people with a small amount of ethics in leadership,” said Addie Leverett, JBS Leadership Institute coordinator. “We believe that to reform society is to start at your community.” The theme for this year’s forum was “Leadership for Building Community.” A significant part of the program was held at the state capitol giving the participants an opportunity to participate in deliberations in the same venue as our elected officials. Several of the elected officials were on hand to interact with the attendees.