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Out & about
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Hillary Smith, 10, had the time of her life Wednesday at Hot Wheels Skate Center because it’s YSI time in Warren County. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

The Young Scholars Institute kicked off last week with a variety of activities for students on summer vacation.

“It has been wonderful,” said Carol Neal, who spearheads YSI with Jimmy Haley. “The children are really enjoying themselves. The theme is Global so we’re trying to take them to different places.” 

YSI has been enriching the lives of children for 35 years. Each summer, the two-week program is open to students in grades 1–8 with good grades and exceptional behavior. Students participate in activities around the county and Midstate.

Students were offered the opportunity to visit Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville, Manchester Recreational Complex, Nashville Zoo, Bridgestone, Hot Wheels, Cumberland Caverns, the gravesites of David Robert “Bobby” Ray and Jeremy Lynn Brown, and received an introduction into the world of self-defense by McMinnville Jiu-Jitsu Academy, among other activities. 

Ray was killed during the Vietnam War in March 1969. Brown was killed in Afghanistan in May 2010. Both died serving their country.

At Cheekwood, students explored the beautiful Japanese and English gardens of the mansion the Maxwell House Coffee fortune built. 

The wonderful world of animals was explored at Nashville Zoo. 

Bridgestone offered a glimpse around the globe. By the program, “We will construct and race boats, participate in hands-on lessons with flying elastic frogs and bouncy eggs. Then let’s get inspired with some vibrant art from around the world, using rubber stamps and even making our own stamps.”

Also chaperoning YSI participants during the first week of activities were Tim Fariss, Dawn Cantrell, Shawn Palombo, Mandy Blankenship, Stormy Hall, Lara Kate Miller, Ann Hutchings, Jasmine Evans, Donna Womack, Jaime Lorance, Kevin Dunlap, Sonia Clemons, Carol Roberts, Jeff Watson and Brent Estes. 

With another week of learning in store, this program has approximately 600 students excited to experience new things.