Local Student Earns Spot in National Young Scholars Program this Summer

This summer, high-achieving elementary school students will take part in the National Young Scholars Program (NYSP). Held on campuses across the United States, NYSP inspires outstanding third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students to explore, invent, learn and think creatively.

Naque Howard is one local student who will be so inspired this summer.

Naque Howard

NYSP provides students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on interactive learning, while challenging them in an intellectually stimulating environment outside of the regular classroom. This program also gives students the chance to unleash their full learning potential as they further their interest in specific areas of study such as engineering, forensic science and medicine. Throughout the program, young students engage in challenging coursework, gain a greater sense of independence and experience a renaissance of learning.

Meet Naque “Toodles” Howard, one of our young candidates for the future. Naque is a fifth-grade student at the Southside Academy Charter School. She has been selected to attend the NYSP. Mr. Scanlon, her gym teacher, felt she would be a good candidate to represent the school in this summer enrichment program, which will be held at the University of Villanova.

Naque is currently enrolled to study in the residential program that will run from July 15 through the 20th. Naque is looking forward to attending this program for the purpose of broadening her opportunities in different career fields, which will include curriculums of CSI-Crime Scene Investigation, Engineering: Building the Vehicles of the Future, Medicine: The Incredible Human Body and The Leadership Strand: Stepping Forward as a Leader.

Naque has been an honor student since the first grade and tries her best to learn all she can. She helps her fellow students with solving problems in math by using strategies to help them discover the answer for themselves.

“It is my dream to become a school teacher and inspire others to achieve their dreams through education,” she shared.

— Contributed by Glory Thomas, The Stand Community Correspondent