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July 23, 2004


Wisconsin Kids Gain College Experience

By Molly Exner
UW-RF News Bureau

Some of the most gifted youngsters from across the state attended College for Kids at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus in June.

Now in its 22nd summer, the College for Kids program encourages young students who show high academic potential, motivation and talent to attend the college in the future. This year 250 students who had finished grades three to five took various academic enrichment classes each morning during the two-week program.

"We try to accommodate the students and their parents as much as we can to try and get them in the classes of their choice, but we also try to encourage them to take different classes," says program manager Carmen Boortz, "We try to make it a growing experience."

In addition to offering creative and outdoor classes, College for Kids aims to keep promising youth at the top of their class and encourage eventual college enrollment by providing a campus experience along with several academic courses.

"ItÕs always a highly anticipated event," Boortz said. "The program is based on a first-come, first-served basis. The sooner the students have their applications in, the better chance they have at sealing a seat in the classes they want."

Courses this year included Ancient Egyptian Art and Artifacts, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying, Harry Potter Adventures, Japanese Culture, Mystery Writing for Kids and others. This year, a favorite course among students was Orienteering taught by Dr. James Tangen-Foster of the UW-RF Health and Human Performance Department. The course gave students the freedom to explore campus using a map and compass in order to find specific points in the landscape. They also leaned how to apply these skills to find their way out if they every became lost in the woods.

According to Boortz, the goal of the program is to give kids a taste of what it's like to be in college. "If they have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with a university, they wonÕt be so afraid of it. College for Kids gives them another summer camp option besides 4-H or YMCA to get them out and experience something more college-bound."

Editor's Note: Participants in the 2004 College for Kids were:

WISCONSIN RESIDENTS: HUDSON: Tess Ahlin, Shane Blechinger, Nicolas Bronson, Bridget Case, Patsy Castro, Riley Collins, Jeff Dahl, Thomas Dewey, Jessica Dornfeld, Caelan Drigans, Bjorn Ellingson, Breanna Ellstrom, Maggie Harper, Eric Hebert, Jalen Hoehn, Billy Johnson, Floyd Johnson, Andrew Klanderman, Sarah Kehoe, David Kocik, AndrewLeines, Max McKenzie, Bonnie Meyer, Morgan Marentic, Alex Neu, Mai Li O'Keefe, SamRosiejka, Jacob Sandquist, Michael Scott-Walsh, Stef Smith, Taylor Solfest, Grant Starr, Reese Takkunen, Vincent Thao, Bobby Villafania, Karl Wertheimer, Maija Whitegon, RebeccaWoitas BALDWIN: Idris Aileru, Wilson Gheen, Alyson Hilborn, Heidi Hinz, Sam Hirsch, Ross Jennings, Andrew Ring, Tyler Weyer RIVER FALLS: Ruth Anderson-benge, Katie Berndt, Hannah Bellrichard, Phillip Conklin, Vanessa Dunn, Joe Gregor, Philip Hanson, Morgan Iszler, Samantha Iszler, Lily Jilk, Austin Johnson, Gabe Johnson, Megan Manor, Kayla Nguyen, Joseph Querna, Austin Saari, Sarah Stern, Heath Westberg, Alesha Wickersham, Elise Woodwick, ELMWOOD: Angelia Anderson, SPRING VALLEY: Ted J. Anderson, Nicholas S. Jensen, MaKen Johnson, Lauren Kiefer, Tanner Mathiesen, Jessica Miller, Alison Wikre HAMMOND: Dana Bossen, Jonathan Keimig, Joe Pace, Tyler Lathe SOMERSET: Natalie Broome, Jacob KippesKaylin Peterson, Qianna Peterson, Carly Seibel, Devon Triebold, Eleanor Vanasse, Lizzy Vanasse PRESCOTT: Nick Carlson, Nick Fetzner, Charlie Shafer, Maddie Shafer, Steve Urman, Claire Wiklund OSCEOLA: Clarissa Cleven-Peterson, Donita Cottor, Angela Peterson, Anna Smith AMERY: Bethany Dado, Kayla Faschingbauer, Allyssa Jeska, Maxwell Stephenson, Lee Utecht, April Will ELLSWORTH: Brady DeGross, Brandon Heidleberger, Parker Hines, Allison Huppert, Kennedy Kowalchyk, Tiffany Richie, Matt Solyntjes, Chloe Spriggle WOODVILLE: Josh DeYoung, Alexis Meyer HOULTON: Eric Elert, Levi Lillyblad, Jessica Pyzik NEW RICHMOND: Matt Ernst, Bryan Greene, Tyler Lindquist, Jenna Peterson, Lee Pinkerton, David Suennen, Angela Tenner, Thomas Tenner, Tegan Vail ROBERTS: Will Franta, Dillon Holm, Emily Hoyer, Matt Smith DEER PARK: Phoebe Hall, Dannika VandeBrake, Emily Willert ST. CROIX FALLS: Dylan Hatella, HAGER CITY: Jada Holst, STAR PRAIRIE: Tom Jary STOCKHOLM: Alex R. Johnson CENTURIA: Alec Larson, Evan Lunda, Jessica Raboin BALSAM LAKE: Luke Peterson, Kaina Zygowicz PEPIN: Ellie Raethke DRESSER: Benjamin Riehle, Lucas Vanderbent WILSON: Conner Trealoff

MINNESOTA RESIDENTS: SCANDIA: Lucas Jochim MAPLE GROVE: Damarcus Zeroth

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