MOUNT VERNON — Amazing things happen when college students and motivated, creative and cognitively-gifted elementary students explore their interests outside the classroom setting.

Thursday evening showcased the results of research done by Kenyon College mentors and third- and fourth-graders from schools around the county as each team of scholars enthusiastically presented their projects to family and friends during the Fall Kenyon Mentorship Tea.

Danville third-graders Clayton Vance and Chance Duncan were mentored by Samantha Leder and developed a Pop Culture board game. Based on the traditional Monopoly game, this version included popular movies, video game titles and trivia cards with word scrambles and Greek mythology.

Mentor Brianna Maggard helped Fredericktown third-grader Olivia Vail learn about dog breeds. They talked about the breeds’ lifespan, size, coat characteristics, origins and personality.

“Hero Dogs of 9/11” was the topic explored by East Knox third-graders Beau Keller and Kellen Grigsby with the assistance of mentor Tess Dugan-Knight. Kellen was unable to attend the presentation, but Beau and Tess, with a model of the Twin Towers, talked about the 300 dogs that helped out at Ground Zero.

Elena Joning, a Centerburg fourth-grader, researched lionfish with mentor Emery Brauitgan. She pointed out its habitat, diet, predators, and other characteristics.


Pam Schehl: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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