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Clarkson University Offers Academic “Challenge” To North Country High School Students Again This Winter

Project Challenge, a popular winter-months program offered by Clarkson University, provides area students an opportunity to participate in classes they cannot normally find at their high school. The seven, five-week courses are taught by Clarkson University faculty and administrators on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon, beginning January 15. The program is administered by The Clarkson School, the University’s early entrance program for talented high school students who have completed eleventh grade and are ready to begin college studies.

Students can also opt for courses in the ecology, physiology and behavioral aspects of animals in “All Creatures Great and Small” or explore the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (and related court cases) in “The First Amendment and American Political Life.” The latter course will also examine how these freedoms are affected by wars abroad and terrorist threats at home. Students also have the opportunity to tackle ethical questions in “Contemporary Moral Issues,” study anatomy in “The Science of Health Care,” or examine the topics of stress, time management, college issues, and study skills in “Tools for Success in School and Beyond.”

Project Challenge courses will continue until February 12, with a possible snow date of February 19. The cost of the program remains $135 but participating high schools sponsor all or part of the students’ tuition. Students from nonparticipating schools may also enroll but will likely be responsible for their course expense. Enrollment in some courses is still available, but space is limited.

Participating schools in the past have included: Alexandria Bay, Brasher Falls, Brushton-Moira, Canton, Chateaugay, Clifton-Fine, Colton-Pierrepont, Edwards-Knox, Gouverneur, Hermon-DeKalb, Heuvelton, Indian River, Lisbon, Lyme, Malone, Massena, Morristown, Ogdensburg, Parishville-Hopkinton, Potsdam, Sackets Harbor, Salmon River, Saranac Lake, and Thousand Islands.

Interested students should contact their guidance counselor to see if their school is participating. For more information, contact Shaili Singh at 315-268-4425. For registration questions, contact Annette Green of The Clarkson School at 315-268-4425.

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

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