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Ohio Wesleyan Hosts Mind-Expanding Camp for Middle School Students
More than 500 Gifted and Talented Students from Central Ohio to Explore Arts and Sciences

June 1, 2009

DELAWARE, OH – More than 500 middle school students from nine central Ohio counties will live on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus for a week in June during the OWjL summer camp program. The talented and gifted students will take part in classes such as “Dramatic Mythology,” “Draw and Paint with the Masters,” “Russian Around,” and “You’re in Congress Now.”

The sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students invited to attend OWjL camp were nominated by principals, guidance counselors, or teachers from schools in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union counties. These students achieved high test scores and have demonstrated exceptional talent, creativity, or leadership skills.

Studies indicate that more than 65 percent of Ohio’s identified gifted students receive no special services at school. Now in its 28th year, the OWjL camp program was developed and founded by the Junior League of Columbus following a two-year study that determined gifted and talented middle school students were underserved with summer programs to promote discovery and foster skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, research, leadership, and communication. The OWjL name is based on the Ohio Wesleyan-Junior League collaboration for this program. Ohio Wesleyan is the camp sponsor.

OWjL camp offers courses from academic, cultural, recreational, and social areas. There are three one-week sessions running from June 7-12, June 14-19, and June 21-26. OWjL teachers include university professors, national board-certified teachers, and teachers of gifted and talented students. The counselors are students from Ohio Wesleyan and other Ohio colleges. Half of the counselors are former OWjL campers.

OWjL’s scholarship/financial aid program provides about $50,000 in funding to assist the campers. Sponsors include major central Ohio corporations, foundations, and individuals. Visit owjl.owu.edu for more information about the camp.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.