STILWELL – A Cherokee teenager from Stilwell High School helped propel a team of fellow students to an ethics bowl victory during the Four Star Leadership Academy in July.
Junior Seth Brown, 17, was one of 60 students from 33 states and three countries who attended the exclusive program held at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City.
“It was an awesome opportunity and one of the best camps I’ve probably ever been to,” Brown said. “It was a week-long program put on by Gen. Tommy Franks. Basically, while there we listened to a bunch of different speakers who are nationally known for different things. We wrote speeches, competed in ethical debates and went to several different museums and met a lot of people.”
Brown’s six-student team was successful in an ethics bowl competition. For the win, the teammates each received a $2,000 scholarship.
“I thought it was pretty neat,” Brown said. “We did pretty well in the competition, but it was anybody’s game. When we got there, we were told this is your team, so we just kind of got together every day once or twice. They would say a topic, and then we have about five minutes to give all the positions and what we thought. The other team was allowed a rebuttal, and then we were given two minutes to say any final remarks. They really wanted us to focus on looking at it from all viewpoints.”
Brown plans to use the money toward his future college expenses.
“I haven’t come to a college decision yet, but something in film or media,” he said.
Called the Four Star Leadership with Gen. Tommy Franks, the program is held each summer for up to 70 of the world’s top high school students, who meet with national and international leaders.
“The program offers a once in a lifetime opportunity, confronting students with practical leadership and ethical scenarios and challenging them to address them individually in a persuasive speech and writing competition, and collaboratively in an ethics bowl competition,” the Four Star Leadership website states. “Students develop skills in team-building, persuasive speaking, persuasive writing and collective problem solving.”
Recent past program participants include King Abdullah of Jordan, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Mary Fallin, Gen. Tommy Franks, Secretary Jack Kemp, Gov. Bill Richardson, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Sen. James Inhofe and Olympic gold-medalist Michelle Smith.
For information, visit fourstarleader.com.