Students in the Irving Chamber’s Future Leaders of Irving program recently celebrated the end of the seven-month program with a graduation ceremony at the Four Seasons. Author and management coachLanny Bassham gave the graduation address.

Thirty-three seniors from Irving ISD high schools (Cardwell, Irving, MacArthur, Singley Academy and Nimitz), Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (Ranchview High School) and Winfree Academy participated in the program.

Some of their comments include: “I learned something from each speaker.” “I enjoyed everything we did.” “It was one of the best experiences of my life.” ”In real life I know how I can be a leader for others.” “Opened my eyes to more opportunities.”

Applications for the 2013-14 session will be available in August with selection for next year’s leaders to be announced in September. For questions, email Jill Martinez at

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