The Bernard H. Thomas Student Leadership Academy is held each year in June at the Davidson County Community College. The Academy offers students within the Davidson County Public School System an opportunity to develop and use leadership skills during an exciting week of special classes and projects. Academy leaders emphasize skill development in the areas of self-awareness, listening, speaking, writing, team building, decision-making, problem solving, goal-setting and conflict resolution. Academy graduates are prepared to take leadership roles in their individual schools and communities.

Students from each school (rising 5th – 9th) in the Davidson County Public School System will be selected based on their application form and the recommendation of their teacher(s). Students may attend the Academy one time in each of the following two levels: First Level (rising 5th & 6th graders), Second Level (rising 7th, 8th, & 9th graders).  Students are eligible to apply if they have not previously attended the Leadership Academy at the level to which they are currently applying. Applications must be completed by the student in his or her own handwriting and submitted to your local school guidance counselor.  Please submit a legible application.

There is a $25.00 registration fee to each participating student, due on May 21, 2018.  Please make sure to have your $25.00 mailed in by May 21nd to secure a place for your student. Please mail check to DCEF, P.O.Box 444, Lexington, NC  27293.

Each Leadership Academy student receives a t-shirt and certificate of completion. Participation for all five days of the Academy is mandatory with classes beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 12:00 pm. Transportation to and from Davidson County Community College will not be provided and parents are responsible for insurance.  All classes will originate and end at Davidson County Community College, but may involve some activities away from campus, for which transportation will be provided.

Students will be notified by email the status of their applications by late May.  Leadershp Academy 2



The 25th Annual Bernard H. Thomas Leadership Academy will be held on Monday, June 18, 2018 through Friday, June 22, 2018, on the DCCC campus.   Application deadline (submitted to your school guidance counselor) is March 16th.   Parents are invited to attend our Closing Ceremony on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 12:30 pm on the DCCC campus/Quad area.

Thanks to everyone who helps make our week at DCCC such a success!  DCEF appreciates all donations which will help support our Leadership Academy for years to come.

Our special appreciation to our sponsor for our 2016 Leadership Academy:  OLD DOMINION FREIGHT LINE!   We treasurer their interest and continued support.

To donate, please see our ‘Donate: Honor and Memory’ program on our website.

For additional information regarding the Leadership Academy contact: Laura Koonts –