Seventh Grader from Prescott Valley Charter School is Accepted into Barrett Summer Scholars Program at Arizona State University

Seventh Grader from Prescott Valley Charter School is Accepted into Barrett Summer Scholars Program at Arizona State University

Shiloh-Marie Ponzcak Will Take Part in College-Level Coursework During the Virtual Program

(PRESCOTT VALLEY, Arizona)—While some students will spend summer break watching TV, texting friends and/or playing video games, Shiloh-Marie Ponzcak from Prescott Valley Charter School (PVCS) will be taking part in college-level coursework at Arizona State University.

Shiloh-Marie, a seventh grader from PVCS, was recently accepted into the Barrett Summer Scholars program at ASU. She is the second PVCS student in two years to take part in the program.

The Barrett Summer Scholars program at ASU provides students with the opportunity to experience college firsthand and prepare for enrollment and success at ASU and Barrett, the Honors College.

The week-long program, which will be held virtually this summer, is designed for academically talented and motivated students entering the eighth, ninth, tenth or eleventh grade in the Fall of 2021. BSS invites students to engage in college-level coursework and participate in a community of peers from across the state.

As Lina Lett, one of the lead STEM teachers at PVCS noted, she is very proud of Shiloh-Marie for applying to the program, which she said will be a wonderful opportunity for her.

“It takes courage to apply for competitive programs, as there is always the possibility of not being accepted. I know Shiloh-Marie was nervous about whether she would be accepted or not, but I admire her tenacity and positive attitude,” Lett said, adding that Shiloh-Marie is an exceptional student with a high work ethic.

“Her perseverance, dedication, and motivation to personal and academic growth sets her up for success in this rigorous program.”

Shiloh-Marie said she is looking forward to the Barrett Summer Scholars program and getting the chance to meet new people and learn more about different subjects.

“I want to be a science teacher when I get older because all my teachers have made it fun and interesting for me and I want to do the same,” she said.

“I know this program will help with my social skills and if I want to be a teacher I can’t be shy and anti-social.”