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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – They’re keeping their brains busy this Summer. MSMS is hosting its first ever Middle School Summer Enrichment Program on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.

From building bridges to blowing stuff up, middle schoolers are having the time of their academic lives on the M-U-W campus. They will live and learn here for one week.

“I learned that I can do a lot of things that I didn’t think I could and I learned that I have a lot better people skills,” said camper Shannon Zakesky.

“I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be so I think this will help me direct or look where I want to go in the future,” said camper Stephen Russell.

“Everybody saying this is the camp to be at if you want to step up your game in school,” added camper Jordan Jackson.

The camp provides academically talented middle school students with a series of thought provoking activities. Leadership lessons, creative problem solving and cooperative learning are all built into a curriculum that’s as fun as it is challenging.

“For this population in particular, students who are academically talented, they can become bored very easily and if we’re not continuing to challenge them then they’re going to lose interest. And this is the age group where we see the highest number of drop outs, the greatest percentage of the kids that are getting bored and we need to do things to challenge them,” said Rick Smith, Director of the MSMS Camp.

During their stay in Columbus, students take three classes a day. Course titles include: Creative Media, Engineering, The Magic of Science, Statistics and Forensic Investigation.

“I want to be a detective when I grow older so I decided I wanted to come to this camp because it seemed like it would be a really good idea to come and learn all the different things and all the other,” added camper Shannon.

“I’m thinking about becoming a chemical engineer so I’m guessing engineering class will help with that and like forensic class with chemicals and stuff might help too,” said camper Nick Mayo.

And if their future seems too far off to get a firm grip on, the camp is a great way to make friends with some of the sharpest young minds in Mississippi.

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