Karl Rove, Tommy Franks welcome high schoolers

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Fifty top high school students from across the country will be chosen to participate in the General Tommy Franks Four Star Leadership summer program July 14-20 in Oklahoma City.

The 50 selected students will meet with authors, politicians and global thought leaders, such as Karl Rove, former presidential adviser, author and FOX News commentator.

Oklahoma Christian is the primary host for the all-inclusive program (tuition, room, board, travel and fees), which is free to the 50 selected students.

This year's Four Star Leadership Congressional Debate competition offers students expert policy briefings so they may address those issues in persuasive speech and editorial contests, while collaborating in a model Student Congress. Students will investigate contemporary policy controversies ranging from energy policy to human rights.

Excursions during the week will provide participants with opportunities to further develop leadership skills and employ them through cultural experiences and service projects.

General Tommy Franks, former commander-in-chief of American and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, hosts the program, with OC, the National Center for Policy Analysis and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs as partners.

Since 2008, Four Star Leadership has welcomed 206 American high school students from 42 states and 32 international students. Kings, governors, senators, Olympic gold medalists and top national policy experts have mentored students in developing and demonstrating the core leadership principles of the program: character, common vision, communication, and caring.

To apply, go to http://fourstarleader.com. The application deadline is May 15. For more information, call (580) 726-5900.

Any of the 50 students who choose to pursue their college education at Oklahoma Christian will receive a $1,000-per-year scholarship for up to four years.

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Oklahoma Christian University (OC)
Oklahoma Christian, which set an enrollment record with 2,271 students this year, is recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study and graduate programs in business administration, engineering, ministry, and divinity. In addition to its Oklahoma City campus, OC has study abroad opportunities in Europe, Honduras and the Pacific Rim. For more information, go to www.oc.edu.

National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)
With offices in Dallas and Washington, D.C., the NCPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. The NCPA’s goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. For more information, go to www.ncpa.org.

Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)
With thousands of members across the state and a staff based in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs operates as an independent, nonprofit public policy research organization - a think tank - focused primarily on state-level issues. Throughout its 20 years of existence, the primary purpose of OCPA has been to educate the citizenry to equip them for self-government. They want to empower Oklahomans to lead the nation in the defense of freedom by providing fact-based public policy analysis that promotes free markets, limited government and entrepreneurial opportunity. OCPA publishes the conclusions from its research in the monthly policy journal Perspective and online at www.ocpathink.org. Within the arena of public policy and politics, OCPA is regarded as the flagship of the free-market movement in Oklahoma.