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GSC Completes Hidden Promise Summer Camps

For Immediate Release:
August 3, 2011
Glenville, WV—On Friday, July 29 Glenville State College ended a five week run of summer camps for Hidden Promise Scholars with a twelfth grade camp for students who will be headed to college in the fall. Similar camps were held earlier this summer for students in eighth through eleventh grade.
The Hidden Promise Consortium is a program for eighth through twelfth grade students that helps prepare them for taking the next step into higher education. Students are recommended to become Hidden Promise Scholars by principals, counselors, or school superintendents. Twenty West Virginia counties and Belpre City Schools in Washington County Ohio make up the Hidden Promise Consortium.
Eleven Hidden Promise Scholars from six counties including Barbour, Gilmer, Lewis, Nicholas, Upshur, and Webster attended the week-long camp. The students were exposed to a variety of activities such as math and language arts tutoring, a Skype session with NASA astronauts, team building activities, and sports. Of the eleven students at the camp, ten of them will be attending Glenville State College this fall.
Nine of the students passed a language arts test that will allow them to avoid taking a developmental language arts class in college. Five Hidden Promise Scholars also passed the math test which means they will not need to take developmental math classes.

The ROV that won the speed test was built by the team of (L-R) Timothy Pierson of Nicholas County, Frank Hossey of Gilmer County, Bobbie Payne of Webster County, and mentor Donte Fuller a recent GSC Grad.

One of the highlights of the camp was an activity where the students were split into three teams who had to build Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV). The exercise was inspired by JASON Project founder Dr. Robert Ballard, who used an ROV to discover the Titanic. The students designed and constructed their ROV using PVC pipe and equipped them with under water motors and cameras. The ROVs were then tested for buoyancy, speed, and maneuverability at the Gilmer County Recreation Center pool.
“I think the kids had a good time with the Remotely Operated Vehicle project. They had to pool their ideas, creativity, and knowledge in order to complete the exercise. It was a great team building activity that exposed them to some of the same challenges that they will experience as a college student,” said Hidden Promise Consortium Coordinator Keith Barr.
For more information about the GSC Hidden Promise Consortium, contact Barr at (304) 462-6118.
Media contact:
Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6390
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