Extra-Curricular Programs and Opportunities

The Cochrane Summer Economics Institute (CSEI) is a five week work/study program for rising high school seniors. The program provides an introduction to economics, business, networking and a variety of job/career choices through a combination of classroom work, community service and internship experiences. Applications will be available online at the Powell Center for Economic Literacy website (www.powellcenter.org) as of December 1, 2011. Application and essay must be submitted by January 18, 2012. Teacher or administrator recommendation is also required. Interviews will be conducted in February; notification of acceptance occurs in March.

The American Foreign Service Association's National High School Essay Contest- Since 1999, AFSA has sponsored a nationwide high school essay contest for students whose parents are not in the Foreign Service in order to create interest in the Foreign Service among our best and brightest high school students. The grand prize is a $2,500 prize and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC for the winner and his or her parents, where they will meet the Secretary of State. Also this year, the Semester at Sea program will provide an all-expense paid educational voyage to the winner (to be used once the winner enters an accredited university). Please visit http://www.afsa.org/essay_contest.aspx for more information or to submit your essay. Application deadline is April 15, 2012.

High School Diplomats is a ten-day cultural exchange program between Japanese and American students. It is a full-scholarship program that gives 40 American sophomore and junior high school students the chance to build relationships with people from another country and learn another culture firsthand. The students are selected from all across the country to come to Princeton University, where they are paired up with a Japanese roommate based on similarities in personality, interests, and hobbies. For ten days, the students attend language and cultural classes, and participate in a mixture of academic discussions, presentations, and fun activities. HSD is a summer program like no other because it opens kids' eyes to a whole new perspective on the world, while also helping them learn more about themselves. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not required! Visit our website at www.highschooldiplomats.com/america.php to apply now! Applications are due January 8th.      

Applications are now available for the Summer Residential Governor’s Schools.  These programs are run by the Commonwealth to provide opportunities for gifted high school students to explore professional and university environments through mentorships and academic enrichment.   Information and applications can be found here for academic, mentorship programs and visual and performing arts and here  for the foreign language academies. Students interested in the foreign language academies should speak directly to their language teacher ASAP. Questions about the programs or application process can be addressed to Joy Davis at joy.davis@gsgis.k12.va.us or 354-6800, ext. 3220