By James E. Bailey|
James Bailey with Tennessee Smokies mascot
On Saturday, July 7, a group of four students and two teachers from Calhoun
left to go on a two week summer camp in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The
teachers were Pam Bartlett and Dan Fiedorczyk. The four students were
David Albaugh, senior, Erin Smith, senior, Deva Murphy, junior, and myself,
James Bailey, junior.
Calhoun Group: Front row (L to R) David Albaugh and Deva Murphy; Back
row (L to R) Pam Bartlett, James Bailey and Dan
When we left, we had no idea what to expect. One thing we all hoped for was
a fun and memorable time, which is what most of us had. It was the first
time flying for three of us.
While we were there, we participated in research groups, which we chose
before we went. The students had five different research groups, and the
teachers had three. I was in a computer study about DNA.
During our stay, we took tours of several historic places located in Oak
Ridge, a city created as a site for the now famous Manhattan Project, the
government's quest to harness the power of nuclear weaponry. We also went
to the American Museum of Science and Energy at Oak Ridge, Mayfield Dairy
and the Tennessee Aquarium.
We took tours of two colleges. We went to Maryville College and to the
University of Tennessee, where we toured the Veterinary School and the
School of Engineering.
We study the petrified mouth of a horse
Not everything during the two weeks was educational, however. We went to
a minor league baseball game one night. We also spent an entire day at
Dollywood, where everyone did whatever they wanted to.
It wasn't just the things that we did that made it fun, but also all the people
we met there. There were a total of 28 students and 19 teachers from 13
states in the Appalachian region. There were people from New York (not the
city), Maryland, Ohio, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North and South
Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, and, of course, West Virginia. This
mixture of different types of people and activities led to one of the most
memorable and enjoyable experiences of my life.
Entire Appalachian group from 13 states
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