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Clark County

August 5, 2008

Three Clark County high school juniors to start at gifted and talented high school

Getting easy A’s isn’t the track Troy Crawford, James Hendrick and Dylan Wilder want to take. The three Jeffersonville residents and high school juniors all opted to go to the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, a school for gifted and talented high school students, this fall.

Now, the three are doing their final preparations to move to the residential campus in Muncie.

“I’m kind of running around like a chicken with my head cut off,” Peggy Wilder said of getting her daughter packed for school. “I’m trying to not think about the fact that she is going to be gone. It’s just so surreal in itself, thinking about getting my high school junior ready for a dorm.”

Dylan, 17, was attending Presentation Academy when she was accepted to the Indiana Academy. Crawford, 17, and Hendrick, 16, were Jeffersonville High School students.

Now, the three will live at the school for exemplary students, which is on Ball State University’s campus, to finish their junior and senior years of high school. The academy has a wide range of courses, aimed at keeping the interest of students, such as Chinese, quantum chemistry and Watergate.

Melissa Hendrick, James’ mom, said she almost threw the letter from the school away.

“I didn’t think he would ever want to go there. He’s so popular and they don’t have football or wrestling, two sports that he’s lettered in,” Melissa said. “And I didn’t want him living away from home. But, I’m glad I didn’t (throw it out). I was surprised at how excited he was about it.”

She said she plans on leaving tonight with her son and his belongings in the car to move him to his new home away from home. On Wednesday, she will be on her way back to Southern Indiana, without her 17-year-old.

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