New Opportunities for 8th Grade Students

Eighth Grade Students, Parents and Staff:

Are you interested in science, technology, engineering, or math? Do you like a challenge that includes "hands-on" experiments and problem solving? If so, then WVU Institute of Technology's Camp STEM is an opportunity for you.

The WVU Institute of Technology invites high school students (incoming 9th - 12th graders) from across the state to attend a weeklong exploration of possibilities for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math during Camp STEM which will be held from June 22-27, 2014.

During the week, Camp STEM brings students to the Montgomery campus for college-level instruction as well as a taste of college life. Examples of courses students can select are automotive, biomedical, civil, and electrical engineering; renewable energy; environmental chemistry; forensic science; and programming. WVU Tech professors will guide students through experiments and provide detailed lectures and demonstrations.

The fee for Camp STEM is $350.00 per camper, but a number of full and partial needs-based scholarships are available. Applications can be completed online at or can be obtained from WMS counselors, Ms. Himelrick and Mr. Wilson. The deadline for applications is April 18, 2014.


Students who will graduate from the 8th grade this year and will enter the 9th grade in the fall of 2014 are eligible to apply for a cadet position at the WV Sheriffs' Youth Leadership Academy. The Academy is a 6-day residential summer program, from July 13-18, that is held at Camp Ona in Milton, WV. The Academy seeks to deter risk-taking behavior patterns by introducing the participants to recreation alternatives and educating them on the negative consequences of drugs, alcohol, and violence. The Academy provides our youth with the leadership skills necessary for them to go back to their home communities and help other deal with these challenges. The Academy also encourages participation in citizenship activities and teaches responsibility.

A typical Academy schedule includes the following educational topics: Mock crime scenes, mock criminal trial, investigation techniques, internet crimes, drug and alcohol awareness, cultural sensitivity, domestic violence, violence prevention, firearms safety, canine demonstrations, bomb squad demo, and search and seizure.

A typical Academy schedule includes the following recreation activities: Swimming, skits, volleyball, running, dancing, karaoke, basketball, team games, camp fires, mock elections, and peer group discussions.

The Academy is staffed by Sheriffs, Deputies, community volunteers, the WVSA Executive Director, and registered nurses. It is open to both male and female students who have attained at least a 2.0 GPA on their most recent report card.

The Academy fee is $50 per first-time applicant. Fees are to be paid upon notice of acceptance to the Academy and are nonrefundable. You do not submit the fee with the application.

Applications can be found online at or can be obtained from your school counselor. Applications must be returned to counselors by May 15, 2014.

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