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09-30-2014

Clarkson University's Clarkson School Welcomes Class of 2015

The Clarkson School (TCS), Clarkson University’s early college entrance program, recently welcomed to campus another class of academically gifted high-school-age students. TCS provides an opportunity for these students, who, this year, come from 10 U.S. states and three countries, to continue challenging themselves as a part of a nationally ranked research institution.    

The Clarkson School Class of 2015. Front row (left to right): Angelina Conte, Lindsay Chlus, Michaela Cahill, McKay Burley, Nathaniel Brown, Keith Bollt, Dallas Blowers, and Yoel ben-Avraham. Row 2: Michael Knapp, Nicklas Kenyon, Kayla Jurchak, Stephen Jungck, Harley Heath, Krissy Govertsen, Tristan Gilmour, Edward Gardner, Nicholas Ng, and Luke D’Aquila. Row 3: Alex Cooke, Collin Topolski, Vera Tineo, Austin Snide, Ellie Siegfried, Grayden Shand, Catalina Rusaw, Sean Reyell, and Katelyn Rea. Row 4: Courtney Maki, Patrick Wells, Micah Larrow, Daverick Wagstaff, Kaitlyn Koehler, Gabriel Tucker, Taylor Durham, and Georgiann Tyrell. Row 5: Robin Kuhns, Abdelrahman Elbrolosy, Nathan Moose, Hanson Zhou, Donald Duprey, Amy Yang, Coulton Willams, and Jocelyn Martin. Row 6: Chris Eun, Kyle Deschaine, Haleigh Foote, Christiana Raymond, Nicole Onyia, Andria Merrill, Lauren Workman, Jennifer Wilson, and Olivia Nolan.Since 1978, TCS has offered exceptional students from around the country and the world the option to forgo what is typically their high school senior year and begin university coursework at Clarkson. TCS students are fully matriculated first year undergraduates, taking a full course load alongside other Clarkson students.

Enrollment has risen in recent years, as academically focused high school students increasingly examine options like the Clarkson School as their own high schools struggle to offer the academic challenge they desire, according to Director of Admissions Matthew Rutherford.  

“The Clarkson School provides an opportunity for these students to continue challenging themselves academically, while in many instances completing the last few classes to satisfy their high school diploma requirements,” Rutherford said. “Our students completely immerse themselves in the University environment. Whether it’s participating in professor-led research or gaining hands-on experiences through Clarkson’s Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design program, TCS students gain valuable skills and insights that are not available in a high school setting.”
 
Dallas Blowers, TCS ’15, of Watertown, N.Y., thought TCS was the right fit at the right time.

“As with many students who join the Clarkson School, I had exhausted most of the course options that my high school offered," he said. "I saw TCS as a great opportunity to surround myself with like-minded people, to grow personally and professionally, and to start college a year early.”
 
The students live in their own residence halls and are immersed in a supportive environment with specialized programs and activities designed to bridge the transition between high school and college.

They have access to all of Clarkson’s resources and amenities with separate residential facilities, activities specifically designed for them, and a faculty and staff dedicated to meeting their unique individual and collective needs. While many students opt to remain at Clarkson after their TCS year to complete their degree, a number also go on to attend other tier-one national universities with the assistance of their Clarkson School academic advisor.

Alex Wang, TCS’14, who is now in his sophomore year at Cornell University, was drawn to the research opportunities at TCS.

“The summer before the Clarkson School year began, I worked with Dr. James Carroll of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department," he said. "Together, we designed and prototyped a solar charging station that would provide Wi-Fi and 3G/4G signal to remote areas without connectivity. My favorite part of the experience was the on-campus housing. For the first time, I had to learn to be completely independent and self-sufficient. I also became great friends with my roommates and other researchers."

If you would like to learn more about the Clarkson School, please visit www.clarkson.edu/tcs.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The Clarkson School, Clarkson University’s early college entrance program, recently welcomed to campus another class of academically gifted high-school-age students. Front row (left to right): Angelina Conte, Lindsay Chlus, Michaela Cahill, McKay Burley, Nathaniel Brown, Keith Bollt, Dallas Blowers, and Yoel ben-Avraham. Row 2: Michael Knapp, Nicklas Kenyon, Kayla Jurchak, Stephen Jungck, Harley Heath, Krissy Govertsen, Tristan Gilmour, Edward Gardner, Nicholas Ng, and Luke D’Aquila. Row 3: Alex Cooke, Collin Topolski, Vera Tineo, Austin Snide, Ellie Siegfried, Grayden Shand, Catalina Rusaw, Sean Reyell, and Katelyn Rea. Row 4: Courtney Maki, Patrick Wells, Micah Larrow, Daverick Wagstaff, Kaitlyn Koehler, Gabriel Tucker, Taylor Durham, and Georgiann Tyrell. Row 5: Robin Kuhns, Abdelrahman Elbrolosy, Nathan Moose, Hanson Zhou, Donald Duprey, Amy Yang, Coulton Willams, and Jocelyn Martin. Row 6: Chris Eun, Kyle Deschaine, Haleigh Foote, Christiana Raymond, Nicole Onyia, Andria Merrill, Lauren Workman, Jennifer Wilson, and Olivia Nolan.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/tcs-2015.jpg .]

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

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