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226 attend 30th year of VAMPY program at WKU

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

The 30th year of VAMPY, hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU, included 226 students from Kentucky, 10 states and China.

The 30th year of VAMPY, hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU, included 226 students from Kentucky, 10 states and China. (Photo by Josh Raymer)

The Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY) hosted 226 students for the three-week program from June 23 to July 13.  The students represented 51 Kentucky school districts, 14 Kentucky private schools, three Kentucky Diocese, four home schools, 10 states and China.

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.

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 Arabic, 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 the classroom, students participated in sports, dances, a trip to a Bowling Green Hot Rods game, and a talent show.

The dates for the 31st year of VAMPY are June 22 to July 12, 2014, with the application becoming available in mid-January.

To view pictures of the VAMPY program, visit our Flickr page at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/giftedstudieswku/sets/

List of participants in 2013 VAMPY program

Contact:  Zack Ryle (270) 745-3014

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