EIGHT HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS FROM WNC PADDLE
THE OUTER BANKS ON KAYAKING ADVENTURE
CULLOWHEE – Eight high school girls from Andrews, Smoky Mountain and Hiwassee Dam high schools recently kayaked the Outer Banks of North Carolina as part of the Educational Talent Search program located at Western Carolina University.
With their three counselors and a local kayaking guide, the girls kayaked to and camped on Bear and Portsmouth islands.
“These islands, accessible only by boat, offer miles of underdeveloped shoreline,” said Todd Murdock, Talent Search director at Western. “Along with unforgettable memories, the girls gained the skills and confidence to paddle the open sea.”
The eight students were Tyla Henson and Kayla Junaluska, Smoky Mountain High School; Krista Sherbert, Crystal Jones and Catrina Jenkins, Andrews High School; and Jessica Rhodes, Tessa Bailey and Danna Miles, Hiwassee Dam High School.
Educational Talent Search is a federally funded program that Western has hosted for 22 years. Students join the program in the seventh grade and the staff follows them through to their high school graduations, providing academic, career and financial aid counseling while encouraging the students to go to the post-secondary school of their choice.
One of the primary methods used by Western’s program to help young people expand their horizons is outdoor adventure. To learn more about Talent Search click on its Web site, www.wcu.edu/talentsearch/.