Below you will find information about each of our three current Presidential Leadership Academy classes. Learn more about each individual student in the class by clicking the Learn More button for each class.
Entering PLA in 2017, the senior class is a dynamic group of students who seek to enact change and do good. In high school, the senior class held a variety of leadership roles, including those in student government, on sport teams, at summer camps, and in student organizations like Model United Nations and the International Thespian Society. They speak many languages, including Shona, Ndebele, Mandarin, Farsi, and Kinyarwanda.
At Penn State, they conduct research at places like the Center for Language Studies, participate in student programs and organizations like Mock Trial Association, University Park Undergraduate Association, and the Millennium Scholars Program, volunteer for events like THON and at nonprofits like Centre County PAWS, and work and intern at offices like ParkingBee and the Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs.
The senior class includes a Penn State men’s volleyball athlete, an Army ROTC member, a singer in the Pennharmonics, an undergraduate researcher in the Paulson Laboratory, and a writer for Penn State Valley magazine.