MIDDLEBURY - For many students with no serious thoughts of attending college after high school, visiting a campus can be a daunting experience. But thanks to College for Every Student, a Vermont-based non-profit organization that helps open new doors for rural and urban students, a group of Adirondack-area high school students got the royal treatment at Middlebury College March 19.
Seventy high school students representing seven Adirondack schools took part in an unusual student leadership summit at the college. The students are members of the Adirondack Scholars program; they are engaged in activities initiated by CFES which helps young people prepare for college.
Schools participating in last week's summit included Crown Point Central School, Johnsburg Central School, Moriah Central School, Peru Central School, Plattsburgh High School, Wells Central School and Willsboro Central School.
Back at their respective schools, each student scholar is required to engage in three practices: mentoring, leadership through service and pathways to college.
The visit to the Middlebury campus included all three practices as scholars worked with their peers to develop and strengthen leadership skills. They also interacted with college students, met a Spanish professor, toured the campus and were entertained by a college singing group and martial arts club.
The keynote of the summit were presentations by attendees to their student peers.
Students from Crown Point discussed bully prevention, Wells students discussed going green-using a hydrogen-based fuel cell and hemp-derived products-and Johnsburg students talked about how to raise academic achievement.
English teacher Rachael Laclaire of Crown Point Central School was proud of her students performance during the summit presentations.
"CFES has really created a wonderful opportunity for our students to step up and be leaders in the community," she said.
According to Tara Lambert of CFES, "CFES is committed to raising the academic aspirations and performance of these youth. We want students to prepare for, gain access to, and succeed once they enroll in college."