Student Leadership Academy

A summer learning experience at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans
June 17-22, 2024

Program Overview

Student Leadership Academy pairs online learning with a behind-the-scenes experience at The National WWII Museum's New Orleans campus. High School students will learn hands-on lessons utilizing interactive exhibits, Museum archives and artifacts. This leadership program includes the opportunity to explore historic New Orleans.

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Program Highlights

  • Students begin with assignments in an online learning system where they read articles and biographies on WWII leaders, watch videos, interact with each other’s thoughts and comments. They also engage in a research assignment on a given aspect of the war.
  • In the active pursuit of history, the Student Leadership Academy gives students the knowledge they need and puts them in the place of historical figures in the WWII story. Students will be challenged individually and as a group, as they contemplate strategies large and small, encounter ethical dilemmas, and face no-win situations.
  • Each program session is rooted in the Museum’s collection utilizing oral histories, public exhibits, first-person live interviews with World War II and veterans of other wars.
  • Students will hear from World War II guest scholars and leaders in the Museum field.
  • Field trips around New Orleans bring the 300+ year history of the city to life and offers an unmatched opportunity to learn from one of the most unique cities in the United States.
  • Students can enroll in an online Humanities course through Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, that will be instructed by a history professor. Assignments will include discussions and papers on assigned readings. Assignments will be graded, and students who pass the course will earn three credit hours.

The Program includes:

  • Male and female chaperones from the Museum’s Education staff and High School educators
  • Pre-program communication with Museum Education staff member
  • Pre-program readings and books
  • Air transportation to and from New Orleans
  • On-campus accommodations at the Higgins Hotel and Conference Center
  • Behind-the-scenes access at The National WWII Museum
  • Entrance fees to all sites, museums, and historic attractions in itinerary 
  • Motor coach transportation to off-site field trips
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, and servers
  • All meals during the program
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Doing History

During the week, students will answer the Essential Question:

  • What does leadership look like?

At the completion of the Student Leadership Academy, students will be able to:

  • Articulate her/his/their personal definition of leadership
  • Cite attributes of leadership
  • Articulate her/his/their personal strengths, values, passions and interests
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Enhance research skills through both primary and secondary source research
  • Improve presentation and debate skills by presenting to both peers and museum professionals

Targeted Leadership Attributes:

  • Team Building
  • Vision
  • Perseverance
  • Decision-Making
  • Communication
  • Commitment to Learning
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Student Leadership Academy: $1,840

Participation in this program is through scholarship only.
Scholarship applications open October 18, 2023. The deadline to apply is January 29, 2024.


Note: Course fees will be paid directly to Nicholls State University for  students enrolling in the college course at cost of approximately $875 and is the responsibility of the student.

*Special COVID Considerations: Currently, there are no domestic travel or local restrictions in regard to COVID-19. However, we strongly recommend all students participating in Normandy Academy be fully vaccinated and boosted.

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