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North Country High School Students "challenge" Their Minds At Clarkson University Beginning January 19

Clarkson University’s Project Challenge, a unique weekend academic enrichment program for North Country high school students, returns Saturday, January 19.

Project Challenge students meet on Saturdays for five weeks to complete a course of their choice. Taught by Clarkson University faculty and administrators, under the direction of The Clarkson School, the courses offer talented students the opportunity to take subjects that would not commonly be offered in their high school curriculum.

Two new courses have been added to this year’s program. “Contemporary Issues in American Politics and World Religions” is designed to explore the intersection between these two arenas and the impact it has both at home and abroad. It is particularly timely given the events of September 11. “Stirring the Leadership Stew” introduces students to the fundamentals of leadership and will examine four main leadership competencies: teamwork, oral communications, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

Project Challenge will also be offering repeats of six other popular courses. Students will study various aspects of animals in “All Creatures Great and Small,” take a hands-on approach to science in “Chemical Miracles, Magic and Mayhem,” and problem-solve with computers in “Computer Models in Engineering and Science."  Students will also tackle ethical questions in “Contemporary Moral Issues,” study anatomy in “The Science of Health Care,” and be introduced to the topics of stress, time management, and study skills in “Tools for Success and Beyond.”  This course will also provide information on learning to adjust to college life in general.

The Project Challenge courses will continue until February 16, with a snow date of February 23.  The cost of the program is $135.  Participating high schools may sponsor all or part of the students’ tuition. Students, however, may also pay the tuition themselves. Some courses can still accept more students, but space is limited.

Students interested in participating should first contact their guidance counselor to see if their school is participating. If the school is not participating, or if students have any questions, they may contact Chad Tessier at 315-268-4425.  For registration questions, they may contact Annette Green of The Clarkson School at 315-268-4425.

Schools that have participated in the past include: Alexandria Bay, Brasher Falls, Brushton-Moira, Canton, Chateaugay, Clifton-Fine, Colton-Pierrepont, Edwards-Knox, Gouvernor, Herman-Dekalb, Heuvelton, Indian River, Lisbon, Lyme, Malone, Massena, Morristown, Ogdensburg, Parishville-Hopkinton, Potsdam, Sackets Harbor, Salmon River, Saranac Lake, and Thousand Islands.

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

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