Congratulations to Tanner Smith for a job well done.

This summer, Tanner Smith from Kingwood High School will join outstanding high school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience, National Youth Leadership Engineering Forum at Rice. NYLEF is one of the Envision by WorldStrides family of programs ( that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom. Smith was nominated by KHS teachers to attend this forum and is also an alumnus of the Lone Star Leadership Academy where he earned Trailblazer status for completing all three regional summer academies. He is ranked in the top 4% of his freshman class at KHS. Smith is also passionate about sports, specifically soccer. He is the goalkeeper for the Kingwood High School freshman soccer team that went undefeated in Region 3, District 21, and also the starting goalkeeper for the Houston Dynamo 07 pre-academy team in Humble. Smith also loves art and was voted, by voters around the world, to be’s “Artist of the Week” in February 2020.

“As an alumna of Envision myself, I am excited for Tanner to meet, work, and collaborate with other high aspiring students from across the country and the globe,” said Amanda Freitag Thomas, SVP for Envision.

“Hands down, my favorite part of attending an Envision program was being with motivated students in an environment designed to help us challenge our assumptions, meet new people, and grow. Creating that same learning environment is a central focus for all of our programs. At the National Youth Leadership Engineering Forum, students build the confidence and skills needed to excel at college and in the workplace. They learn how to adapt to and communicate in new situations, to new challenges, and with new people, which, given how rapidly the world is changing due to technology and innovation, are essential skills for success,” she said.

For over 35 years, Envision by WorldStrides has empowered extraordinary students to become their best selves through programs that enable them to discover their passion, explore a career, and positively impact their world. In 2018, Envision became part of the WorldStrides family. The largest provider of educational travel and experiences in the United States, WorldStrides works with over 50,000 educators each year to help more than 550,000 students see the world and themselves in new ways.

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