Local AMES Academy student contributes to the National Young Scholars Program

This summer, high-achieving elementary school student, Andalú Blanc Johnson, from Beaufort Elementary’s AMES Academy, will take part in the National Young Scholars Program (NYSP). Held on campuses across the country, NYSP inspires outstanding third, fourth and fifth grade students to explore, invent, learn, and think creatively.

Andalu_Blanc_JohnsonAndalú was one of only three third graders nominated by Ms. Dorinda Selby, his math and science teacher and AMES coordinator at Beaufort Elementary. His parents, both educators, saw this as a great opportunity for Andalú to look at his own education as a self-driven process of discovery.

At NYSP, students choose a specific area of study such as engineering, forensic science, or medicine. In addition to these Discovery Strands, all students participate in a Leadership Strand. 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 leadership skills to the discoveries made in their specific area of study. Activities such as solving a “whodunit” activity through work in a model forensics lab is just one of the highlights of the innovative curriculum. 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. Marguerite C. Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Program. NYSP is created by highly successful practitioners in the field of elementary education who boast more than 25 years of successful education experience.

For additional information, visit www.nationalyoungscholars.org.

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