Teen Needs Money for Statesmen

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Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer

A Ridgeview High School junior wants to go to summer school -- but not just any summer school.

Will Brown, 18, was selected to attend a special program at Georgetown University in Washington, the 2003 session of the Junior Statesmen Summer School. Participants get knee-deep in academics and government, and go eye-to-eye with the Washington powerful.

The program is tailor-made for Brown, who has been elected president of Ridgeview's Class of 2004 and plans to study law and political science in college.

But he needs the community's help to get to Georgetown.

He has less than a month to raise $3,225 for room, board, travel and other expenses.

"Will . . . found out last week that he has been selected," said his father, Thomas Brown. "He has very little time to raise the money."

The program is sponsored by the Junior Statesmen Foundation, which is funded by contributions from businesses, foundations, governments and individuals. Two sessions are conducted at Georgetown, and one session each at Northwestern, Princeton, Stanford and Yale universities.

The admissions committee looks at applicants' grades, especially English and social studies, writing skills, extracurricular activities and essays they are required to submit.

Designed for outstanding high school students and aspiring leaders, the program provides "rigorous academics and and hands-on learning," its Web site states.

Participants take a semester of advanced course work in three weeks, with lectures, class discussions and political simulations that explore the basic tenets of political science. They can enroll in advanced American Government, U. …