2009-03-12 / Local & State

Local Student Contributes To National Young Scholars Program

Josi Masters, daughter of David Masters, Harrisonville, and Melissa Vogt, McConnellsburg, will take part in the National Young Scholars Program (NYSP). She was nominated by Billie Jo Beatty, dean of students at McConnellsburg Elementary School.

The program is held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md., the St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington, Va., and the Baltimore Lutheran School in Towson, Md. NYSP inspires outstanding second-, third-, fourthand fifth-grade students to explore, invent, learn and think creatively.

"The national Young Scholars Program provides students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on interactive learning, while challenging them in an intellectually stimulating environment outside of the regular classroom," said Dr. Marguerite C. Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Program.

NYSP gives students the chance to unleash their full learning potential as they further their interest in specific areas of study such as environmental science, architecture, forensic science and medicine. Throughout the program, young scholars engage in challenging coursework, gain a greater sense of independence and experience a renaissance of learning. The program culminates with student-created projects tying in leadership skills learned with the discoveries made in their specific area of study.

Activities such as investigating a balanced environment, embarking on a fascinating journey into the human body and solving a "whodunit" through work in a model forensics lab are just a few highlights of the innovative cur- riculum. Simulation activities and role-play encourage scholars to develop their leadership skills, while introducing them to the concepts of team-building, problem-solving, public speaking and goal-setting.

"NYSP taps into the natural curiosity that students at this young age already have," said Dr. Regan. "This program will help them continue down a path toward a lifelong love of learning."

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