CLARK, NJ _ On Friday, July 28, Maryann Makosiej of Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, NJ completed an intense summer enrichment program under the auspices of the New Jersey Scholars Program, located on the campus of The Lawrenceville School.

This free five-week summer program creates a rigorous interdisciplinary experience for thirty-nine intellectually gifted, rising high school seniors. All scholars are residents of New Jersey and come from a variety of diverse national, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

"This program is so much more than five weeks of lectures and seminars," said Makosiej.  "Sure, the academic component is important, but arguably, what's more important are the friendships and the memories. I left NJSP a different person, a better person, than when I walked in and there's something really quite special about that." 

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This summer’s program, entitled “The Great War Era: Splendor of Collapse of Civilization?,” examined the subject through the lenses of history and politics, literature and philosophy, science and art.

Living together on the prestigious Lawrenceville School campus in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, the students learned from each other as well as from their instructors. In addition to substantial reading assignments, lectures and small group seminars, the students also performed in an arts festival featuring music, drama, dance, and art.

Before one long weekend away from home, the Scholars visited the Museum of Modern Art and the New York Historical Society to gain further insight into the effects of World War 1 on the general population through examining art and stories.

The academic experience culminated in a major interdisciplinary research project and presentation.  Makosiej tackled the subject of “The Conservation Movement And The Formation of a Consolidated American Identity” for her paper.

Towards the cessation of the program, the graduating class of Scholars democratically elected two Class Representatives, individuals in their class that best exemplified the essence of the 2017 Class; Makosiej had the distinct pleasure of being chosen as one of the two. Her role, for this year and beyond, is to facilitate easier networking for her class and the other 1500 past Scholars, organize reunions, keep up-to-date on social media,  and capture the spirit of the program.

All the students achieved the overall goal of the New Jersey Scholars Program: helping students reach higher levels of intellectual accomplishment than ever before by cultivating the excitement and genuine love of learning.   

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