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.
Many of the senior class members were involved in student government, participated in varsity sports, and members represent five countries.
The senior class includes a Penn State Women's Soccer and Team USA U20 Women's National Soccer Team, an Army ROTC member, award winner of EDSGN Alcoa best class project, and several talented musicians. This class includes the founder and president of The Honors Research Society and the digital media coodinator for Lunar Lion.
Junior class members were strong leaders in high school. One student was the captain of her cross country team, and another was editor-in-chief of her school's newspaper. Several were involved in student government, including presidents and secretaries, and others founded and headed clubs, including speech teams and a student ambassador program. Coming to Penn State, many of them were a part of 2015's Shaping the Future Summit and participated in Leadership JumpStart.
The junior class includes a certified EMT, a Penn State's women's lacrosse player, an Air Force ROTC member, a research assistant in the Department of Anthropology's Puts Lab, and a violinist in the campus orchestra. Several of them have helped with Penn State's THON, and they speak numerous languages, including German, Hindi, and Arabic.
Entering PLA in 2017, the sophomore class is a dynamic group of students who seek to enact change and do good. In high school, the sophomore 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 sophomore 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.