Seven from Oklahoma prepare for ‘Adventures’




Published: August 10, 2009





On Aug. 20, seven Oklahoma students will join 150 high school students from across the country to participate in a summit known as "Adventures of the Mind” at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.

The summit brings together young scholars and notable figures in the areas of business, science, literature and entertainment, including former U.S. poet laureates Billy Collins and Rita Dove, renowned New York dancer Jacques d’Amboise, environmental artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and eight Nobel Prize winners.

The summit takes place every other year on college campuses, and this year’s summit with the theme "Going Where No Mind Has Gone Before” will include a series of science seminars, musical performances, poetry readings and tours of the institute at Princeton where Albert Einstein spent the final 20 years of his life as a faculty member.

Oklahoma students attending are Lauryn Brown, Stephanie Cummings, Carlos Rubio and Margaret Wang of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics; Melissa Carvell, Bartlesville High School; Lakrisha Baker, Guymon High School; and Annetta O’Leru, whose family lives in Oklahoma but who attends St. George’s School, a boarding school in Newport, R.I.

"Each year, the students who attend ‘Adventures of the Mind’ represent some of the most promising young scholars in the country,” said Victoria Gray, an education advocate and summit founder. "This is an opportunity for these young men and women to gather significant insight and advice from a very accomplished group of people as they move closer toward adulthood and choosing a career path.”

Intelius Inc., a company based in Bellevue, Wash., that empowers consumers and businesses with online information for intelligent decisions, will award two exceptional students attending the conference a $2,500 college scholarship, based on a science and literature essay-writing contest judged by attendees.

Students are nominated to attend "Adventures of the Mind” by teachers and counselors based on academic achievement and potential. Other notable invited guests this year include Nobel Prize-winning physicist Jerome Friedman, computer software pioneer and two-time space tourist Charles Simonyi, biologist Bernd Heinrich, and activist and musician Naomi Judd.