Scholars' Summer Recap

Our Scholars do many interesting things during the summer, they work at internships and jobs, travel, or participate in summer programs. We'd like to give you a quick peek into what a few of our high school Scholars accomplished this past summer.

Keylynn, a Schenectady High School senior, took part in a summer program at Clarkson University this July. The week-long program she attended was aimed at building problem-solving and design thinking skills for high school students. Keylynn received funding to attend the program from Sponsor-A-Scholar, and through her own fundraising efforts.

Keylynn on a visit to Clarkson with her mentor.

Keylynn on a visit to Clarkson with her mentor.

Keylynn worked with other students from across the country to learn about and then provide solutions for the growing mental health challenges that high school students face. After learning that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder was one of the top three mental illnesses faced by young people, KeyLynn and the other students in the program decided that this would be the focus of their study. They learned about the disorder, and designed an outreach program to raise awareness of the warning signs, and highlight ways students could get treatment. This week was invaluable to Keylynn, who most enjoyed meeting many new people from all over the country. The experience also opened her eyes to many different career pathways. While she initially was focused on a career in biomedical engineering, she is now exploring other avenues in the sciences, including biology and neuroscience.

Ianna, a senior at Troy High School, was selected for a prestigious summer cancer research program at the University at Albany. The seven-week program offered Ianna, and other young scientists the opportunity to receive training in lab technologies and work on mentored research projectsThe students taking part also learned important skills in academic research and scholarly writing. Participants included local and international students, and the program recently expanded to include more students from Albany and Troy.

Stephen and Connor, juniors from Troy High School, visited the WEXT radio studios with their mentors and recorded their own one-hour radio show in August. After recording their show, they had an informational interview with WEXT DJ KTG and learned more about how she got her start in broadcasting.

Troy mentor Greg Nierode, Scholar Connor McClain, Scholar Stephen McClain and mentor Sean Ogden

Troy mentor Greg Nierode, Scholar Connor McClain, Scholar Stephen McClain and mentor Sean Ogden