July 11, 1997

Press Release

Summer Enrichment
at the Timbuktu Academy (SETA)

The Timbuktu Academy at Southern University and A & M College is proud to announce the participation of 23 students in its pilot program entitled "Summer Enrichment at the Timbuktu Academy". The Summer of 1997 marks yet another benchmark in the history of the Timbuktu Academy with its implementation of a program for rising 9th graders. There was a great demand from the general public to place students entering their high school freshman year by the Fall of 1997 in a summer program. Each of the participants is required to pay a $150 registration fee to cover the costs associated with the program. Its success or failure will determine if the Timbuktu Academy will seek the funding to be able to offer this program on a wider scale (length of the program, etc.) in the Summer of 1998.

The summer activities began on Sunday, June 15, 1997 with an orientation and informal gathering. SETA, like SSI-M, is a three week non-residential program which is centered around preparatory courses for science, mathematics, and engineering curricula. The students also learn basic computer skills. In addition to the courses, the students visit various sites to learn more about careers in the sciences and engineering.

The SETA participants were selected based on academic performance, teacher recommendations, and a career essay. This year's students live in the Baton Rouge, Zachary, and Baker areas. The list of participants is as follows: (BATON ROUGE) Kelley Bagayoko, Miesha Beverly, Don Christy, Danielle Cooks, Tillerie Darby, Ricky Draper, Ashley Dunn, jasmyn Dyer, Christopher Elliot, Jason Hughes, Kenneth Legaux, Cristen Morris, Dalton Patterson, Candice Parkins, Kimberly Spruel, Timothy West, Tyson Wickboldt, and Lauren Williams; (Zachary) Rashonda Dukes, LaQuonda Johnson, and Claudia Price; (Baker) Anthony Pullen.