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OWjL Program Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary

June 27, 2001

[ OWjL Participant Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Ohio Wesleyan and Junior League (OWjL) Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer, amid an even more exciting array of classes than ever for the 543 middle school-age students attending the program at OWU.

Designated for talented and gifted Ohio students currently in grades 6-8, and who reside in the nine surrounding counties, the OWjL program is a summer residential academic enrichment program. The originators of the program felt that this was a group of students that was under served within central Ohio communities. This year's OWjL program is divided into three sessions: June 10-15; June 17-22; and June 24-29, with campers enjoying OWU's well equipped campus and residing in a designated University residence hall.

But these students also are enjoying such classes as: "Creating the Television Sit-com;" Crisis in Paradise: Seeking Peace in a Nuclear Age;" "Art and Sport of Boomerangs;" "It Don't Mean a Thing If You Can't Dance the Swing," "Microscope Madness," and "Your Future Looks Bright as a TV Weathercaster," -- to mention just a few.

"Since its beginning 20 years ago, the main criticism of the OWjL Program has been that the students wanted to take more classes and stay longer," says OWjL director, Susan Paxton. "Lifelong friendships are made here and renewed and heightened interest in pursuing educational opportunities always occurs. We believe our program is helping to improve the lives and prospects of thousands of central Ohio's best and brightest young students."