Good things happen when you... Get Involved!


Our school offers great ways to get involved and gain experience to help you in the future.  Students can participate in a wide variety of sports, clubs and activities in school and in the community.  There are many other activities students can participate in outside of our school and community.  Listed below are a few opportunities that our students have attended in the past.  Speak to your school counselor about any questions you have about them.




The Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited will provide scholarships for interested young men and women 11 to 17 years old to attend DEC’s popular summer camp program.  The camps, located at Camp Colby, Pack Forest, DeBruce and Rushford provide a great opportunity to learn more about the environment and have fun in the summer.  Campers enjoy a week of summer fun and conservation education conducted by DEC’s well-qualified counselors.  The scholarships pay all costs to attend.  Parents provide transportation to and from the camps for the one-week sessions which are conducted in July and August.  

To apply, send a one-page letter telling why you want to go to camp to Susie Oliver, 2 Finlay Drive, Plattsburgh NY 12901 by March 15th.  The scholarships are limited to first-time attendees only and are “first come, first served.”  Please include age, school, and phone number/email address. These scholarships are limited; so don’t wait to apply if you want a great summer adventure.


HOBY - Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Conference

Whitehall pays for one tenth grade student to attend this conference every spring.  Up to two other tenth grade students can attend at their own expense.  


HOBY Advanced Leadership Institute

This program is for Juniors and Seniors who are passionate about social causes, willing to take on new challenges, willing to learn about themselves and their skills, ready to develop an action plan for change, and ready to take on college-level curriculum and earn college credit.  The program takes place July 7-12th in Chicago and costs $895 and students can sign up directly through the HOBY website. 


American Legion Oratorical Contest

Local public speaking competition that offers the chance to win cash prizes and advancement to other, larger competitions. 


American Legion Boys State and Girls State

Chance for eleventh grade girls and boys to attend a week long leadership experience on a college campus, learning about our state and local government. 


Champlain College Young Writers Conference - Deadline to apply is usually in February.

Open to high school students who enjoy writing.  Great chance to visit a college, get inspired and hone your writing skills.  For more information and to apply please visit their website:


NYSSSA - New York State Summer School for the Arts

Chance for students to pursue their love of art, music, drama and performance over the summer on a NYS college campus. 


Vermont Summer Academy

Chance for students to try out college at Green Mountain College over the summer studying art, forensic science, culinary arts and more. 


Future Leader Camp & Youth Leadership Conferences

Chance for students to gain leadership skills and self-confidence attending Norwich University in Vermont on certain weekends or two weeks in the summer.


Boston University Summer Investigative Workshops

Two week workshops that allow students to participate in investigative journalism, live on campus and eat in the dining halls.  For more information visit:  

Students who apply by January 31, 2018, can receive a $200 discount on tuition.


UMass Summer Pre-College programs

Residential, academic programs for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. With courses taught by UMass Amherst faculty and graduate students, top-rated dining (now ranked #1 in the U.S. by the Princeton Review), modern residence halls, and fun co-curriculars, our programs offer hands-on experience in college coursework and college life.  2018 program updates and online application will be available mid-December at

If you decide to apply, use the Referral Code: NYSSCA17 to win a free ticket to Six Flags!!


PREFACE Summer Program - usually offered each year

Two-week residential summer experience for talented high school sophomores and juniors who will enter 11th or 12th grade, from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or underserved in science, engineering, and technological fields, and are interested in pursuing careers in engineering and technological professions.

To qualify, applicants must be entering the 11th or 12th grade.  The PREFACE Selection Committee will review each application and make its recommendation to the Project Director. Criteria are high school academic performance, standardized test scores, quality of essay, and recommendations. The program is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. In addition, since all programs are in English, students must have a strong understanding of the English language.

The deadline is usually in March. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. Annually, the number of applicants far exceeds available funding. The maximum number of participants for 20 is 24. Completed applications and supporting documents should be sent to:


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PREFACE Summer Program 2016
Dean of Students Office
110 Eighth Street, Academy Hall 4629
Troy, New York 12180-3590 


Applications will be reviewed and notifications of acceptance are usually made in May.


The PREFACE Application form may be found here


NASSP, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, releases a list each year of student leadership opportunities they have researched and found to be good programs.  You can find the list of Approved Contests, Programs and Activities by visiting