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March 17, 2005

Press release: Summer program challenges minds of deaf, hard of hearing high schoolers

From: Gallaudet - Mar 17, 2005

For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Flanigan
Telephone: 202-651-5340 (Voice/TTY)

Clerc Center Challenges Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students to Climb a "Mind Mountain" this Summer at Its Leadership Development Seminar

This summer, the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center's Honors Program will host a program called "Summit 2005: A Leadership Development Seminar for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students." The seminar, which runs from June 20-July 1, will offer students challenging learning experiences in the areas of higher-level academics and leadership skills.

The program is open to students from around the country currently in ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades. Students will spend their two weeks participating in a wide variety of activities, including Advanced Placement (AP) preview classes (subjects offered will be AP English, AP Biology, and AP U.S. History), leadership discussions and simulations, a journey through deaf history, and a weekend tour of Washington, D.C. Program activities will be held at various locations of the Clerc Center, and the students will be housed in the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) dorms.

"We are excited to be offering an honors program this summer for students from around the country," said Daniel Dukes, coordinator of the Clerc Center's Honors Program. "Our goal for the summer program is to help students reach their full potential academically and as leaders. It's a great summer opportunity." Registration for the program is $100 per student; meals and dorm accommodation will be provided. The students will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the summit. Enrollment is limited to 30 students.

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