High school students experience Clemson coast to coast
By Pam Bryant
Top 9th and 10th grade students from across the southeast learn what it takes to get accepted into selective universities through a summer program called C-CATS (Clemson’s Challenge for Academically Talented Students).
Nearly 2,300 students from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia were recommended by their guidance counselors for the 300 slots. The high-performance team-building and academic sessions help students gain leadership skills, learn how to foster positive relationships and improve their ability to think clearly and perform under pressure.
Now in its fifth year, C-CATS added a new travel-and-learn-abroad program that allowed five students to visit Clemson’s Archbold Tropical Research and Education Center on the island of Dominica. The C-CATS International participants trained as junior counselors at Camp Bob Cooper, then travelled to Dominica where they learned about the rich history of the native Carib people and the lush flora and fauna that exists nowhere else in the world.