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North Country's Best And Brightest High Schoolers Invited To Participate In Clarkson University Summer Program

Nearly 30 North Country high school students will get a chance this summer to experience living and learning in a university environment through High School of Excellence, a challenging BOCES-sponsored program at Clarkson University, designed to spark intellectual development, communication skills and cooperative problem solving.

The weeklong program (July 11-16) includes lectures by three award-winning Clarkson University professors, use of computer spreadsheets and graphics, Internet and World Wide Web access, personal developmental sessions, field trips and guest speakers. Working together and in small groups, students conduct research and make a final presentation to community leaders on Friday, July 16.

This year’s participants will be working on the project “Water Over the Dam: Managing the Raquette River for Energy and the Environment.” The students will analyze the current status of the river as a source of hydroelectric energy and will provide management recommendations for future use of the river as a source of energy.

Students will work on three teams. The engineering team will create a computer model capable of predicting either the power generating capacity of any new hydroelectric plants recommended by the management group, or the flow rates of a natural river. The biology & ecology team will ask and approach questions regarding environmental and ecological effects of the dam. The ethics & social values team will create the group’s mission statement and code of ethics, generate the social, ethical and aesthetic criteria to be used in assessing the recommendations and evaluate the various management proposals offered by the group.

The High School of Excellence is one of many summer programs offered by Clarkson University to high school students throughout the North Country. For more information on this program, students should contact their guidance counselor or call Brenda Kozsan, program director, at 315-268-4425. For other summer program information, call Conference Services at 315-268-6647.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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