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Jul 23, 2009

Gifted students complete two week academic program

Story PictureWe have reported regularly on the work of Doctor Arlie Petters, Belize’s world famous scientist. Doctor Petters is currently on one of his frequent visits and is undertaking one of his passions, that is, working with young people to advance their educational and cultural experiences. The programme this time involves gifted students who have come to the Petters Research Institute to interact with their equally talented counterparts. Delahnie Bain was in Dangriga and has this report.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting
Fifteen high school students participated in the two week program organized by the Duke University Talent Identification Program and the Petters Research Institute. It was an academic challenge for them all, but according to Dr. Arlie Petters, president of PRI, it was a well rounded experience.

Dr. Arlie Petters, President, Petters Research Institute
“First of all, there will be basic training that is going to happen where they advance their understanding, not only of leadership, the theory and the practical, not only in terms of building business plans and also having vision for creating economic activity in certain towns, certain needy areas of Belize. But most of all, I want our gifted students to see that they can operate on the world stage because they are interacting with the best from other parts of the world.”

The students who fit the criteria were awarded scholarships for the program that would otherwise cost approximately eight thousand dollars. Dr. Petters says the students performance was up to par, but we asked the visiting students about their experiences in the Belize.

Michael Coombs, High School Student, London
“I came here thinking that we’d be stressed with the academic aspect, but it was all about the people and my horizons are broaden because of this experience.”

Erica Johnson, High School Student, US
“It was really great for me to be able to come here to Belize because it’s completely different from where I live and just to learn the culture, go—well, we’re Stann Creek now—but going to Cayo and going to the different Mayan Archaeological Sites and just being able to meet different people, and everything. It was a really good experience for me.”

Chanelle Yang, High School Student, US
“There were definitely a wide variety of personalities in our group. I was more let’s do this, do this and do this and Ben was more no don’t do that. But we learned to through our differences and that’s really what being in a business is all about.”

We also checked in on our local students to find out what the past two weeks were like for them.

Aikman, High School Student, Belize
“It’s been a exposing experience and a very developing experience definitely. I think what I will walk away most with is a networking ability and a wealth of knowledge.”

Brittany Meighan, High School Student, Belize
“It’s been a remarkable experience with all the different cultures from everywhere. The US citizens, the UK citizens; it’s been great to learn about all the cultures and collaborating all these intelligent minds together.”

Xux Ek’ Novelo, High School Student, Belize
“It was very interesting working with them because they had their own ideas and you implement them into your work and you just bring that together and to be with them it’s just a whole group of bright minds.”

Julie Morrison, High School Student, Belize
“This experience has been very great. We got to meet new people, go to different places, while we were in classes but the classes were so amazing and interactive. I just enjoyed myself.”

Delahnie Bain for News Five.

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