Three students from Pine Bluff attended the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM June 24-29 at the University of Dallas at Dallas, Texas.

Shamar Browning, Jermani Davis and Katelyn Donson joined other outstanding elementary school students from across the nation for the unique academic and career oriented development experience, according to a news release.

Vera Rideout, their fourth grade teacher at Coleman Intermediate School, nominated the students to attend the forum.

“NYLF Pathways to STEM is one of the Envision family of programs ( that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom,” according to the release.

The three local students also have other interests, according to the release.

“In addition to participating in the Gifted and Talented Program and the school’s Chess Club, Shamar is also passionate about playing basketball as well as soccer,” according to the release

Shamar wants to become an orthopedic surgeon and looked forward to gaining the hands-on medical experience at the forum.

Jermani and Katelyn both have dreams of becoming educators.

“Jermani is currently an inspiring dancer with the Pine Bluff Dancing Academy and Katelyn desires to become a dancer with the Pine Bluff Dancing Academy,” according to the release.

Jermani and Katelyn were interested in gaining extensive hands-on experience at the forum.

“NYLF Pathways to STEM is a great opportunity for high-achieving scholars to get outside the classroom and see, through hands-on interactive learning, how to innovate and think creatively,” Andrew Potter, the Chief Academic Officer for Envision, said in the news release.

Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, according to the release.