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4732290a99e8e2007 Honors Camps Attendees standing from left: Darian Coffey, Tara Burkey, Krystal Lindgren, Savannah DeWine, Katelyn O’Brien, Nicole Pearson, Emma Harris, and Alex Talbott. Seated from left: Paris Mood, Jason Semrad, and Tyler Kavan.
2007 Honors Camps Attendees standing from left: Darian Coffey, Tara Burkey, Krystal Lindgren, Savannah DeWine, Katelyn O’Brien, Nicole Pearson, Emma Harris, and Alex Talbott. Seated from left: Paris Mood, Jason Semrad, and Tyler Kavan.

Middle School Summer Camp More Than Just Fun and Games

CHI and Ad Astra Camps Focus on Academics and Social Interaction

While some kids spend their summers at the swimming pool, on family vacations or making money at summer jobs, many students take off for camp.

This past summer, eleven middle school students attended Central Honors Institute (CHI) Academic Camp in Columbus, Nebr. and/or the Ad Astra Camp in Omaha.

Both of these camps focus on academics and social interaction with other middle school kids.
Alex Talbott and Paris Mood attended the Ad Astra Camp while Jason Semrad, Tyler Kavan, Darian Coffey, Tara Burkey, Krystal Lindgren, Savannah DeWine, Katelyn O’Brien, Nicole Pearson, and Emma Harris went to the CHI camp.

These two week-long camps ran from July 13-18. While there, students experienced life on a college campus, socialized with their peers, and ate and slept in the college dorms.

Central Honors Institute Academic Camp students that were selected provided teacher recommendations, showed academic accomplishments, leadership skills and maturity around their peers. This camp focused on math, creative expressions, and science.

“It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot,” said Darian Coffey. “My favorite part was the group activity at night.”

Bowling, swimming and karaoke were some of the fun evening activities in which the students participated.

“My favorite part was hanging out with friends,” said honor student Jason Semrad.

The Ad Astra Camp was hosted by Creighton University in Omaha. Students that were selected also showed leadership and maturity qualities, scored high on achievement tests, and received positive teacher recommendations.

Mini-courses at Ad Astra included “Nuclear Science from Quarks to the Cosmos”, “Imagination Nation”, “We’re Talking Shakespeare” and “Digital Video Hacks for the You Tube Generation”.

“It was really fun,” said Paris Mood. “Most of the classes were pretty exciting. Being in the dorm rooms was my favorite part.”

Overall, the students had a fun time and learned a lot.

Middle School Summer Camp More Than Just Fun and Games

-kristal-lindgren-

Dec 14, 2007

i went to the CHI camp and it was AWESOME!!! if you get accepted...GO! you won't regret it it was SO much fun!!!
*Savannah*

Feb 03, 2008

I went with Kristal to CHI and she's right, it's so much FUN!!! You meet so many new people, have late nights with your roomies, and the teachers are, ya, FUN! GO if you have the chance, it's a once in a life time experience.