Laramie High School sophomore, Caitlin Huang, was selected to attend the University of Wyoming Summer High School Institute (HSI), June 4-24 on the Laramie campus.
HSI is a three-week summer program for Wyoming sophomores held on UW campus.
Students will stay in the dormitories and will also gain understanding about college life and classes, while building friendships with other students.
The goal of this program is to integrate talents, expand imagination, and have intensive examination of topics such as society and ethics, world hunger, plants and people, pharmacy, communicating with computers and more.
In order to be eligible for HSI, one must be in 10th grade at a Wyoming public or private school, be a current Wyoming resident, plan to attend a Wyoming school for the following fall term, be able to participate completely in the program for the full three weeks and be able to abide by all rules set by HSI.
The application process for HSI is to complete and turn in a student application, a letter from a current high school teacher, a second letter that can be from a teacher, counselor, or youth leader, an application explaining the student’s desire for participation and their hopes of what they will gain from HSI, a student essay, and a transcript with standardized test scores.
Nominees are selected by a UW committee that judges each student’s expression of creativity, imagination, initiative and motivation, communication skills, problems-solving skills, insight and humor through their application.
This year, Huang is the only sophomore nominated for HSI from Albany County School District 1.
“All my three siblings actually went in the past,” Huang said.
This is how she initially learned about and became interested in HSI.
“I was happy that I got the opportunity to do this,” Huang said.
HSI is important to Huang because she feels it will give her a head start on college and what it will be like.
In school, Huang’s favorite subject is music. She enjoys passing her time playing volleyball and tennis.
Huang, like all other students in the program, will be enrolled in one humanities/ social science class, one science class, and a personal growth seminar. No tests or grades will be given for these courses; however, the classes will encourage the use of imagination and intellectual growth.
Although this program will be educational, students will also be spending time participating in extracurricular activities such as social and cultural events.
Students will also have access to the UW Half Acre Gym in their free time.
Religious services will be available as well.
The students will also hear from speakers as well as see performers, films, plays, and concerts. There will be a trip to Denver in which the students will go to an IMAX theater, the Natural History Museum, attend a Colorado Rockies baseball game and perhaps go to a mall.
By Madison Uehara, LHS Student