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Moravian College hosts summer program for
gifted students

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) -- Moravian College will host the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Center for Talented Youth Program for the fifth consecutive year this summer. Attending the summer camp will be students from second to tenth grade - nation and worldwide who will be taking college level courses at Moravian. The camp will be held on Moravian’s Main Street Campus in two three- week sessions – the first from June 24-July 13, and the second from July 15-August 3.

Approximately 260-270 students will attend each session. Twenty-six different classes will be taught by a faculty of 70 members. To be accepted, younger students (sixth grade and below) had to pass an aptitude test. Acceptance of older students is based on their SAT scores and other factors. Each student in attendance is academically gifted. The courses offered are college level, but can not be used for college credit.

The JHU program offers a unique array of courses such as "Great Cases," ‘Whodunit" and "Exercise Physiology" to attract kids of all backgrounds and interest. Some of the more traditional courses offered include algebra and geometry.

"The JHU program offers a unique opportunity for gifted and highly motivated students to expand their academic horizons during the summer months," said Dick Claussen, JHU director at Moravian. "The kids want to learn, they have a real thirst for knowledge. They tell their parents they want to come here." The course runs seven hours a day, Monday-Thursday and five hours on Friday. Each student is housed on campus.

The group of students is largely multicultural with the majority coming from the New York/New Jersey region. However, the program has also attracted local and foreign students in the past. Last year a seven-year-old from Brazil attended.

Moravian students and alumni also partake in the event. Colleen Walsh (Northampton/Northampton H.S.), a 2000 graduate of Moravian, served as a teaching assistant in the "Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine" class. This year she will teach both sessions of the class. Walsh majored in biology while at Moravian and was a member of the field hockey team. She recently finished her first year as medical student at the Philadelphia college of Osteopathic Medicine.

The camp is scheduled to kickoff on Sunday June 24. It will be the first time many of the youngsters will leave home. This is the 25th year of the JHU program. Moravian was chosen to join the program in 1997. Other schools such as Hood College in Maryland and UC Santa Cruz in California, are also involved. The Chesapeake Bay plays host to a "living classroom" where students mostly study marine life.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.