|Whitney M. Young Scholars learn
from the past and prepare for the future
Lexington Herald-Leader touts program
RELEASED: June 24, 2004
DANVILLE, KYAfter nearly two weeks on Centre's campus, the Whitney M. Young Scholars have a better understanding of college life, history and the world around them.
The group of academically talented rising juniors from Louisville area high schools received enrichment that will not only help them in their future classes, but also gave them a glimpse into history.
Last week the scholars toured the National Underground Railroad Museum in Maysville, Ky., and took the same steps the slaves took to gain their freedom.
"I learned there's a lot about black history that I really don't know," Candace Dorsey says. "The underground railroad gave me another sense of what my ancestors went through so that I'm able to have some of the privileges that I have."
The group also paid a visit to Shakertown in Harrodsburg, Ky. Scholar Iman Gowdy noted that the Shakers contributed to our society today through architecture and by inventing items such as brooms.
"I've learned about a lot of different people, their cultures and the way people used to live," Marina Dolzhanskaya says. "Many people don't get all the recognition they deserve."
The Scholars also waded into Mock's Creek in Danville. The scholars tested the oxygen levels in the water to determine how polluted the creek was and to see whether or not wildlife could survive. They caught and released several species that live in the creek to test if the water was clean.
Beontanize Robinson says he enjoyed the program at Centre because of the campus atmosphere.
"I liked the fact that they gave us the freedom to experience what college is really like," he says.
The Lexington Herald-Leader featured the program in an article this week. To see the story, go to http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/local/8998447.htm.
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