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CAPE GAZETTE -Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 - 105 SubmiRKI 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. 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 outstanding e idet," he said: make some frequently does after school activ- sort of presentation, we are very ities with regard to community impressed with those kids." service, she works with her But ultimately it was not the church, and other things like academics at the high school, nor that." was it the JROTC program that Erale said the JROTC program earned Emilie a spot in West has a number of success stories Point. It was Emilie herself. this year. She has always been motivated "There are a goodly number of just a little more than other kids, students who: are in the final Janet said. ' stages of competing for service "She tries to play it down, but academies and ROTC scholar- she is an incredibly driven young ships," he said. "We don't know woman. She has always been that how it's going to turn out yet." way. Sometimes I wonder where School board President Bob this child came from. I'm so Meade was extremely happy to proud of her. I still can't believe hear that Emilie is going to West it." Point. "That's awesome. I'm just Emilie leaves in June for a type bursting with pride," he said. of basic training, known as "The "That whole [JROTC] program is Beast." She will begin her aca- amazing. Every time they come demic studies in August. I Seaford High class of '95 reunion set for March 18 A St. Patrick's Day-themed class reunion for the Seaford High 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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He is now eligible to participate The Johns Hopkins Center for in the programs offered through Talented Youth, a world leader in CTY. gifted education, conducts nation- Educating children from pre- al and international talent search- kindergarten through eighth es to identify, assess, and recog- grade, The Jefferson School offers nize outstanding academic talent, an innovative academic program The Center for Talented Youth designed to foster an enthusiasm shares with its parent organiza- for learning, and stimulate intel- tion, the Johns Hopkins lectual curiosity, while encourag- University, a three-part mission of ing self-confidence and self-moti- teaching, research and service. To ration, in a cooperative learning date, CTY has identified nearly environment. one million students and has Registration for the 2006-2007 served over 100,000 students school year hasbegun. through its programs. To make an appointment to visit The Jefferson School staff nom- the campus, call the school office inated Goss because of his out- at 856-3300. and ~OME AND TAKE A LOOK AT MONDAY, lll(l.l 6, 2006 6-8 p.M. N EET OUR TEACHERS AND SEE OUR CLASSROOMS. OFFERING CLASSES FOR 2, AND 4 YEAR OLD CHILDREN. CELEB T, N6 OVeR 30 YEARS OF COMMITMENT TO EARLY EDUCATION 57 SussEx STREET REHOBOTH BEACH 227-2242