May 20, 2004

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Contact: Curtis Marsh, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-7873.

KU hosts 66 gifted middle, high school students at Scholar Weekends in April

LAWRENCE -- Sixty-six gifted students in grades seven through 12, most of them Kansans, attended the new Duke University Talent Identification Program Scholar Weekend programs in April at the University of Kansas.

The sessions offered intensive courses taught by KU faculty and graduate instructors in six general areas to challenge students academically while allowing them to get a taste of university life.

Scholar Weekends are available to students identified as gifted or talented by their local school criteria or who have participated in Duke's Talent Identification Program. KU is one of five schools nationwide that offered the spring Scholar Weekends. In addition to KU and Duke University, Durham, N.C., others were Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.; New College of Florida in Sarasota; and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. This was the first time the program was offered at KU or elsewhere; Scholar Weekends previously had been only at Duke.

The April 17-18 program, attended by 35 students, offered sessions in Introduction to Psychology, Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics through the Ages. During the April 24-25 weekend events, 33 students explored Film Criticism and Analysis, Architecture and Working Across Cultures. Two students attended programs both weekends.

Students arrived Saturday morning, took classwork all day, spent the night at the Lawrence Holiday Inn Holidome supervised by resident counselors, then returned to campus Sunday for a full class day. Courses were held in Fraser Hall, KU's signature building on Mount Oread.

Dates have not been set for the fall 2004 Scholar Weekends. Updated information will be available at www.kuce.org/programs/dtip/ or by calling toll free (877) 404-5823. The program is sponsored by KU Continuing Education in cooperation with the Duke University Talent Identification Program.

Students who participated in the April weekend programs, their hometowns and schools, when available, are listed below.

Chance Sterling South Barber High School BA Hardtner KS
Ryan Bealer BT Great Bend KS
Blair Yount BT Great Bend KS
Richard T. Hosch BU Augusta KS
Timothy H. Kemp Flinthills USD 492 BU El Dorado KS
Elizabeth Darling CR Pittsburg KS
Caroline Howard Pittsburg High School CR Pittsburg KS
Jace L. Robinson Decatur Community High School DC Oberlin KS
Zoey R. Fife Baldwin Jr. High School DG Baldwin City KS
Justin Bergin Lawrence Free State High School DG Lawrence KS
Benjamin C. Greenberg Southwest Junior High DG Lawrence KS
Kayla Nolte Southwest Junior High DG Lawrence KS
Jennifer A. Brussow Abilene High School DK Abilene KS
Mark A. Adams Hays High School EL Hays KS
Chris Bertucci Junction City High School GE Fort Riley KS
Jacob R. Lett GY Cimarron KS
Marshall J. Dwyre Ingalls Public Schools GY Ingalls KS
Kimberly L. Stone Valley Falls Middle School JF Valley Falls KS
Geoffrey T. Armstrong Leawood Middle School JO Leawood KS
Christopher R. Wells Leawood Middle School JO Leawood KS
Jessica Lutkenhaus Shawnee Mission Northwest JO Mission KS
Daniel R. Ogran Shawnee Mission NW JO Mission KS
Devin Smith Santa Fe Trail Junior High JO Olathe KS
Sean Wise Indian Woods Middle School JO Overland Pak KS
Tim Cocks Shawnee Mission West JO Overland Pak KS
Paul Knightly Westridge Middle School JO Overland Pak KS
Alaina M. Love Harmony Middle School JO Overland Park KS
Shashank Kailash West Ridge Middle School JO Overland Park KS
Sky Kurlbaum Home school JO Overland Park KS
Daniel Austin Bird Pleasant Ridge Middle School LV Easton KS
Matthew Humphreys Lansing Middle School LV Lansing KS
Christopher Barry Leavenworth High School LV Lansing KS
Kyle Curry Muncie Elementary LV Leavenworth KS
Ryan Gregoire Warren Middle School LV Leavenworth KS
Tammie M. Ma Emporia High School LY Emporia KS
Wyatt Ackerman No school name listed MC Beloit KS
Paul Baumgardner Louisburg Middle School MI Louisburg KS
Michael Lee Tetwiler MI Paola KS
Lee Marcoux Wamego High School PT Wamego KS
Nathan Steele Belle Plaine High School SG Peck KS
Paul M. Lambert Andover Middle School SG Wichita KS
Landon Rotolo-Utz Brooks Middle School SG Wichita KS
Daniel Cook NE Magnet SG Wichita KS
Kendall Bitonte Wichita Collegiate School SG Wichita KS
Ryan Christians Wichita Collegiate School SG Wichita KS
Chelsea Katan Wichita Collegiate School SG Wichita KS
Rachel K. Wilson Wichita Collegiate School SG Wichita KS
Andrew Blakemore Wichita East High School SG Wichita KS
Lindsay C. Pack Wichita East High School SG Wichita KS
Jared T. Hall Grant Junior High School SH Goodland KS
Jessica Harman Landon Middle School SN Topeka KS
Caroline Dittamo SN Topeka KS
Emily Rose Sheldon Most Pure Heart of Mary High School SN Topeka KS
Chase D. Hamilton Topeka Collegiate School SN Topeka KS
Davis C. Wittig Topeka Collegiate School SN Topeka KS
Alexander Hunt Washburn Rural Middle School SN Topeka KS
Rachel Cotterell Center Place Restoration Independence MO
Miykaelah Sinclair Kansas City MO
Angelica Tovar Kansas City MO
Benton Glaze St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School Kansas City MO
Caitlin A. Ellison Monticello Trails Middle School JO Shawnee KS
Sarah McCroy Church of the Nativity Parish School JO Leawood KS
Melanie Briend Notre Dam de Sion Kansas City MO
Gina M. Camarata Notre Dame de Sion Kansas City MO
Sarah Norris Notre Dame de Sion Kansas City MO
Kelsey E. Charles Overland Park KS
Jonathan M. Hoffman Jenks Middle School Tulsa OK

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