First Posted: 9/26/2007
This summer, Brandon Ostrowski and Stefan Olsen took part in the National Young Scholars Program (NYSP). Both young men attended Waverly Elementary and were nominated by their third grade teacher, Marilyn Haynos. Throughout the program, the young scholars engaged in challenging coursework, gained a greater sense of independence and experienced a renaissance of learning. Ostrowski worked in a model forensics lab and engaged in investigative activities, from finger painting and chromatography to handwriting and hair analysis. He followed a trail of suspects and gathered clues to reveal a culprit. Olsen examined aspects of human anatomy, such as the muscular, cardiovascular and skeletal systems and strived to link the interconnectedness of each system for optimal health. He applied this knowledge as he learned medical practices. The program culminated with student created projects tying in leadership skills learned with the discoveries made in their specific area of study.