Sacred Heart junior to attend Lott Leadership


Mary McIntire, a junior at Sacred Heart Catholic School, will attend The Lott Leadership Institute for exceptional high school students who are interested in leadership. The institute is sponsored by the University of Mississippi.

In order to be selected, each candidate must complete an online application with essay responses, submit their high school transcript, have letters of recommendation from teachers and an up to date ACT or SAT score. 

McIntire plans to attend the second of two sessions which are limited to 20 students per session.  

McIntire is the daughter of Dr. Troy and Betsy McIntire of Hattiesburg. Along with her studies, she is involved in many other activities. She is a member of the Varsity Cheer Squad, plays Varsity Basketball, participates in Mock Trial, and is a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, UIC, and the National Honor Society. 

In her spare time she also enjoys hiking and travel. McIntire is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg.  

“This is a wonderful opportunity for a high school student,” said Kimberly Pittman, high school guidance counselor who nominated McIntire.   “It will be a memorable experience.”

The goals of the program are to develop leadership skills in young citizens and prepare them for college. 

In order to achieve this goal, the institute brings together students from across the southeast to the University of Mississippi campus to begin the study of leadership, while earning college credit.

Included in the program are opportunities to connect with college administrators and student leaders while participating in current event debates, discussions, and decision making activities.  

The program culminates in a one-week trip to Washington, D.C., at which time students will see the federal government in action as well as visit the National Archives, the White House, and meet with the congressional delegation. 

“I know when she comes back from this program she will be able to put those skills to work,” Pittman said.  

McEntire is looking forward to the program.

“This will give me a taste of what is out there,” she said. “I look forward to participating in this national event and being a part of this experience.”