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250 students attend VAMPY program

The Center for Gifted Studies recently completed another summer of successful gifted education programs on the campus of WKU.

The Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY) brought students from more than 60 Kentucky school districts, 16 states and three countries. VAMPY provides advanced learning opportunities for academically gifted students who have just completed seventh through 10th grades. In order to attend VAMPY, students must have earned a qualifying score on the SAT or ACT. This year, about 250 students were involved in the three-week program from June 24 to July 14.

VAMPY classes met daily for the entire three weeks, allowing gifted young people to study one topic in great depth. This year, students could pick from 14 classes such as Chinese, math, humanities, forensic chemistry, and physics. During the rigorous and rewarding academic experience, VAMPY students visited the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C., used chemistry to solve crimes, created a writing blog, put Hitler on trial, and held multiple presidential debates. Outside of class, students participated in sports, dances, a trip to a Bowling Green Hot Rods game, and a talent show. In 2013 the dates for VAMPY will be June 23 to July 13.

List of participants in 2012 VAMPY program

Contact: Mandy Simpson, (270) 745-3014.

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