Buies Creek -- Students from across the state took Campbell University’s crash course in writing and said it was worth the time and money. Seven high school students, many of whom were homeschooled, came to Buies Creek to gain insight and strategies on taking the S.A.T. as part of CU’s Get-the-Edge-for-the-S.A.T. writing camp in late May.
“This camp is a great idea, especially since my son is taking the S.A.T. next weekend,” noted Linda Armstrong, whose son Jared took the training at Campbell University. The next S.A.T. examination is scheduled for June 4 in the Triangle.
Jared Armstrong said he liked the writing exercises Friday night that required the students to use their five senses in an exercise, but he also liked visiting with other teenagers in an evening of activities led by Campbell’s April and Jeff Paszkiewicz.
Professors J. Dean Farmer and Michael Ray Smith worked with Dori Staehle, a Campbell homeschool admissions counselor and education consultant, to give students lectures, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, and, mostly hands-on exercises to push them to become good writers who can think in a deadline setting.
Phillip Oropesa of Charlotte won the top prize, a rolled blanket, for his eagerness to learn and his success in including high-quality examples in his writing. Brittany Bowers of Fayetteville won second place for her prose. Taylor Leopold of Angier received recognition not only for her writing but for her impromptu concert she gave on her Taylor-brand guitar during a break in the training Saturday.
Other participants included: Fajr Muhammad, Dunn; Chelsie Rae Riggs, Rocky Mount; Ashley Witherspoon, Bunnlevel; and Jared Armstong, Raleigh. The camp is held annually around Memorial Day.
Photo copy: Students from around the state participated in Campbell University's Get-the-Edge-for-the-S.A.T. Writing Camp in late May. From left, front row, Phillip Oropesa, Jared Armstrong,Brittany Bowers and Chelsie Rae Riggs; Backrow, from left, Ashley Witherspoon and Fajr Muhammad.