Area middle school students participate in OWU’s OWjL camp
Nearly 550 talented and gifted middle school students from nine Central Ohio counties were chosen to attend a weeklong session of the 2012 OWjL summer camp at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Among those students are nine from Galena, including Emily Anne Bjorkman, a seventh-grade student at Olentangy Berkshire Middle School; Remington Yve Giller, a seventh-grade student at St. Paul Catholic School; Alexandra Kaela Waverli Johnson, a seventh-grade student at Olentangy Berkshire Middle School; Christina Marie Kunz, a seventh-grade student at Olentangy Berkshire Middle School; Gwendolyn Rae Kunz, a seventh-grade student at Olentangy Berkshire Middle School; Audrey Ann Lemaster, a seventh-grade student at St. Paul Catholic School; Gillian Marie Odaniel, an eighth-grade student at St. Paul Catholic School; Eleanor Clare Sarle, a seventh-grade student at St. Paul Catholic School; and Ali J. Ziegler, a seventh-grade student at Olentangy Berkshire Middle School.
All of the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders invited to attend this year’s OWjL camp were nominated by principals, guidance counselors or teachers from schools in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union counties. The nominated students all earned high test scores and demonstrated exceptional talent, creativity or leadership skills.
OWjL camp offers fun but challenging courses in both arts and sciences. While living on the Ohio Wesleyan campus, the students took part in classes such as “Building Brilliant Bridges”, “Painting with Van Gogh”, “You’re on Trial” and “Model Rocket Madness”.
Pronounced “owl”, the camp’s acronym stands for Ohio Wesleyan/Junior League of Columbus, which founded the program 31 years ago. Ohio Wesleyan is the camp sponsor.
The OWjL program was developed following a two-year study that determined gifted and talented middle school students were under served during the school year and would benefit from additional programs to promote discovery and foster skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, research, leadership, and communication.
This year’s weeklong sessions ran from June 10–15 (grades six and seven), June 17–22 (grades seven and eight) and June 24–29 (grades six and seven). Visit < http://owjl.owu.edu > for more information.
Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 47 states and 57 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives, and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at < www.owu.edu >.