A south Bossier teen has accomplished a rare feat.
Anthony Visciotti, 17, graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program this summer. The Parkway senior was one of two selected from the state to attend the week-long camp, hosted by the FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBINAA).
Five countries were represented at this year’s session, including the U.S., Puerto Rico, Australia, Belgium and Switzerland. The program is designed to develop tomorrow’s leaders and even shape future FBI and criminal justice professionals.
“It was tough, but it was fun. I’d do it all over again if I could,” Visciotti said.
However, this wasn’t your average summer camp. Participants engaged in various activities spanning from sun up to sun down. There was physical fitness training, classroom learning sessions, intramural activities and even a little sightseeing in Washington D.C.
“I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t know what I was walking in to when I got there,” Visciotti explained. “It was everything I could ever want and more.”
The biggest thing he took away from the experience was how to be a better leader.
“Accountability and responsibility are huge,” he added.
Visciotti met with Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington, an alumnus of the academy, prior to leaving and when he returned. They compared experienced and also showed off the yellow bricks they both earned for completing the “Yellow Brick Road,” a physically demanding fitness challenge consisting of a 6.1-mile grueling run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the U.S. Marine Corps. Along the way, participants must climb over walls, run through creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net and more.
“It’s an honor to have this brick,” Visciotti said. “It’s quite an accomplishment that I’ll have with me for the rest of my life.”
Anthony is the son of Lou and Deana Visciotti of Bossier City. In the future, Anthony hopes to attend college to pursue a criminal justice degree and have a career in federal law enforcement.
Visciotti said attending this camp is just one step closer to fulfilling his lifelong dream. He encourages others to pursue their dreams too, no matter where it may take them.
“Keep pushing yourself and don’t ever quit,” he said. “Get good grades, stay out of trouble and be a good leader. Don’t let others influence your actions.”