BUCKHANNON — The Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program completed its 36th year of operation last week. The camp is geared to rising gifted students in fifth through twelfth grades.
These students took advanced classes in science, computer programming, mathematics theory, creative writing, and history during their two-week camp. West Virginia Wesleyan College welcomed the summer program’s students as they lived in the dorms and participated in planned activities during the evenings and weekends.
Many of the participants love it so much they return year after year. Gifted students need the extra academic challenge and exposure this program offers. The social experiences they get by being with their peers is critical to their mental and emotional development.
One student said of the program, “The classes and experiences at the Wesleyan program have become some of my favorite memories, and those two weeks in June are the most anticipated part of my year. Family Christmases don’t include astrophysics and creative writing lessons, unfortunately, but this program does. Additionally, the things that I have learned at Wesleyan have continued to benefit me for years after we studied them. The program not only exposed me to different minds and unique people, but to different religions, ethnicities, and even different nationalities.”
This year’s director is Dr. Tracey DeLaney, physics professor at WVWC, who also teaches physics and computer science in the program. The intensive educational camp was developed by Dr. Joseph Wiest and his wife, Dr. Jeannie Wiest. Wiest is an astrophysics professor in the program.
Friday, June 28, was the last night of the camp, which ran throughout the past two weeks. Classes were held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and the participants stayed in Fleming Hall between McCuskey and Haymond Hall. The program’s annual talent show was held in Loar Hall Friday evening.
Ask a gifted teacher, principal, or counselor about Wesleyan’s Summer Gifted Program if you know of a gifted student you think may benefit from advanced coursework and socializing with peers. Scholarships may be available. This year, a parent and the Rotary Club both provided a half scholarship for two kids to attend the beneficial camp.