NYSP inspires outstanding third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students to explore, invent, learn and think creatively.
Katerina Karaiskos, of Norwalk, who just completed the fifth grade at Silvermine Elementary, was among the students attending the prestigious program at Villanova in July. She is part of the Norwalk Academically Talented Program and a recipient of the President's Award for Educational Excellence.
Last year, Karaiskos was one of only three students at her school to score Advanced ratings in all subject areas of the Connecticut Mastery Tests.
Karaiskos enjoys art and music activities, including acting, playing violin and piano, and she is part of the Norwalk Artistically Talented Program.
"The National Young Scholars Program provides students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on interactive learning, while challenging them in an intellectually stimulating environment outside of the regular classroom," said Marguerite C. Regan, dean of academic affairs for the program.
NYSP gives students the chance to unleash their full learning potential as they further their interest in specific areas of study, such as architecture, forensic science and medicine, Regan said.
Throughout the program, young scholars engage in challenging coursework, gain a greater sense of independence and experience a renaissance of learning. The program culminates with student-created projects tying in leadership skills learned with the discoveries made in their specific area of study, she said.
Activities such as embarking on a fascinating journey into the human body and solving a "whodunit" through work in a model forensics lab are just two highlights of the innovative curriculum, Regan said.
Simulation activities and role-play encourage scholars to develop their leadership skills, while introducing them to the concepts of team-building, problem-solving, public speaking and goal-setting.
"NYSP taps into the natural curiosity that students at this young age already have," Regan said. "This program will help them continue down a path toward a lifelong love of learning."
NYSP is dedicated to identifying, inspiring and honoring the nation's most promising elementary school students. The program is comprised of highly successful practitioners in the field of elementary education who boast 25 years of experience in implementing successful education programs for students.
For additional information, visit www.nationalyoungscholars.org.