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Crawfordville sisters take part in Envision's youth leadership forum

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This summer, two local sisters will join outstanding elementary school students from across the region to take part in a unique academic and career oriented development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM, which is taking place on the campus of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida the week of July 21-26.

They were nominated by Mrs. Brenda Gaskin, Gifted and Talented Coordinator for the Tallahassee School of Math and Science on the basis of their grades, test scores and citizenship. NYLF Pathways to STEM is one of the Envision family of programs (www.envisionexperience.com) that enables students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

Julia Oliver, a rising 5th grader at the Tallahassee School of Math and Science, and Madison Oliver, a rising 4th grader at TSMS have been high achieving students since starting their young academic careers. The sisters are actively involved in various extracurricular activities in and out of the classroom. Julia is a member of her school’s Robotics and Science Olympiad teams, while Madison is a member of her school’s Odyssey of the Mind team.

Both sisters participate in Pop Warner Cheer as members of the Woodville Jaguars and both are active members of the youth ministry of The Springhill Road Church of Christ.

Julia dreams of becoming a pediatrician while Madison dreams of a future as an attorney. Both are looking forward to participating in the program and all that it has to offer. Julia and Madison are the daughters of Eddie, a math teacher at Wakulla High School, and Dr. Andrea Oliver, a professor of history and teacher education at Tallahassee Community College.

“As an alumna of Envision myself, I am excited for Julia and Madison to meet, work, and collaborate with fellow high-aspiring students from other cities and schools,” said Amanda Freitag Thomas, SVP for Envision.

“Hands down, my favorite part of attending an Envision program was being with motivated students in an environment designed to help us challenge our assumptions, meet new people, and grow. Creating that same learning environment is a central focus for all of our programs. At NYLF Pathways to STEM, students build the confidence and skills needed to excel in the classroom while gaining exposure to STEM fields and concepts. They learn how to adapt to and communicate in new situations, to new challenges, and with new people, which, given how rapidly the world is changing due to technology and innovation, are essential skills for success.”

Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, with programs designed to help students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape.

 

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