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CAPE Submitted photo James "Goss" Ferneyhough, a student at The Jefferson School in Georgetown, has qualified for participation in the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. Shown with him are (l-r) Primary Two teacher Brad Barndt, Goss's sister Samantha and mother, Janiee Femeyhough-Tanner. I Urdahl Continued from page 104 representatives from West Point and pass a rigorous physical test. After all those hurdles are cleared, she was finally permitted to apply to the school. West Point officials say ! they receive about 10,000 applica- tions, but there are only about 1,000 spots in the incoming class. Emilie said all those hurdles are one of the reasons she was driven to earn her place. "Getting in at West Point is not just academics, it is the whole person," she said. "You have to be able to lead peo- ple, be physically fit. The whole thing was definitely a challenge to myself." One way she helped to position herself for the academy is her activity in Cape's junior ROTC program. Urdahl is the battalion commander, or top student cadet, overseeing 200 students from grades nine through 12. "JROTC really clicked for me," she said. "I like it because it kind of supports the whole person. It shows you what you are capable oL "I learned first aid, we made a rope bridge, we went rappelling in the summer - what other class lets you do that?" Urdahl's mother, Janet Urdahl, said the JROTC program is one of the main factors in Emilie's suc- cess not only as a West Point can- didate, but also as a person "JROTC was her salvation," said Janet, who is employed as the social worker at Rehoboth Elementary School. "It helped transform her into the woman she in today. She was never a joiner, never did group activities before she got involved." Lt. Col. Ron Erale, the head instructor of Cape's JROTC pro- gram, said he was happy to help Emilie get into West Point, "She is an outstanding student, and an iI'  I t-i ii ]  r outstandifig eidet," he said: "Sie ,fdr6 thtC to make some frequently does after school activ- ities with regard to community service, she works with her church, and other things like that." Erale said the JROTC program has a number of success stories this year. "There are a goodly number of students who : are in the final stages of competing for service academies and ROTC scholar- ships," he said. "We don't know how it's going to turn out yet." School board President Bob Meade was extremely happy to hear that Emilie is going to West Point. 'q'hat's awesome. I'm just bursting with pride," he said. 'q'hat whole [JROTC] program is amazing. Every time they come t I Seafor d High class of '95 sort of presentation, we are very impressed with those kids." But ultimately it was not the academics at the high school, nor was it the JROTC program that earned Emilie a spot in West Point. It was Emilie herself. She has always been motivated just a little more than other kids, Janet said. ' "She tries to play it down, but she is an incredibly driven young woman. She has always been that way. Sometimes I wonder where this child came from. I'm so proud of her. I still can't believe it." Emilie leaves in June for a type of basic training, known as "The Beast." She will begin her aca- demic studies in August. reunion set for March 18 A St. Patrick's Day-themed class reunion for the Seaford High SI class of 1995 will be held from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club, located in Ocean View. The cost of the event is $50 per person and discount hotel rates are available. For more information, contact Chris Berg at 934-5463. 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The Center for Talented Youth shares with its parent organiza- tion, the Johns Hopkins University, a three-part mission of teaching, research and service. To date, CTY has identified nearly one million students and has served over 100,000 students through its programs. The Jefferson School staff nom- inated Goss because of his out- standing scores on the Stanford Achievement Test. After performing at a very high level on the School and College Ability Test, which is a difficult test designed for older students, Goss was accepted into the Center for Talented Youth. He is now eligible to participate in the programs offered through CTY. Educating children from pre- kindergarten through eighth grade, The Jefferson School offers an innovative academic program designed to foster an enthusiasm for learning, and stimulate intel- lectual curiosity, while encourag- ing self-confidence and self-moti- vation, in a cooperative learning environment. Registration for the 2006-2007 school year has begun. To make an aplxfintment to visit the campus, call the school office at 856-3300. Fall 2OO6 xeus00 OME AND TAKE A LOOK AT . 1 CELEBRATING OVER 30 YEARS OF COMmTMENT TO EARLY EOUCATION 57 SUSSEx STREET REHOBOTH BEACH 227-2242