Dream to Achieve continues to have an exceptional week of camp.

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Professor Keith O’Hara shows students how to control robots in the RKC Science Center.

Wednesday was an action packed day. It was highlighted by the robotics workshop run by Bard professor Keith O’Hara. Professor O’Hara showed the students how to program robots to move, talk, and even take pictures using their computers! This activity was enjoyed by all. In the gym, young upstarts Willie Jones and Lavon Fernandez led their team to a dominant afternoon.

Wednesday’s theme was “Unselfishness”, which campers learned was a characteristic that is exemplified through the use of humility, altruism and generosity. ¬†There were many acts of unselfishness on and off the court today. ¬†Although many campers showed the true meaning of unselfishness Israel Torres, Chris Gardener, Aaliyah Jones, and Jayshawn Williams really stood out. For their effort their were awarded with camper of the day.

Campers get an "intensive" basketball workout in led by Bard players.

Campers get an “intensive” basketball workout in led by Bard players.

Wednesday night was an opportunity for the rising 9th graders and CITs to spend a night on campus. They went through two workshops each, led by Bard student Dariel Vasquez and Center for Civic Engagement Associate Director Erin Cannan. Erin focused on different forms of leadership, while Dariel worked with students on their fears and fantasies. The message was to let your fears motivate you instead of holding you back. This left a powerful impression on the students.

Students reflect on their fears and fantasies during an evening workshop.

Students reflect on their fears and fantasies during an evening workshop.

Afterwards, students had a BBQ on the quad where they enjoyed the last bit of sunshine. This was followed by the late night game in the gym between students, CITs and staff. In a shocking upset, the CITs overcame the staff. Their win was punctuated by Danny Folds’s thunderous dunks.

Thursday was “Championship Day,” and it definitely lived up to the excitement. In the “A” league, Tierell Oliver led his team to a convincing title win. In the “B” league, Jeremy Ramirez took over down the stretch, helping his team to a championship victory. Overall, both leagues were highly competitive and balanced.

Camper of the Week Tierell Oliver with counselor Jeff Blake.

Camper of the Week Tierell Oliver with counselor Jeff Blake.

Thursday’s them was “Making the Right Choice,” which was connected to the other three previous themes of the week. Toughness, Precision, and Unselfishness are required in making the right choice, and campers were reminded of this value moving forward. Students that constantly made the right choice throughout these four days were rewarded as campers of the week. They were Noah Hedgepeth, Tierell Oliver, Elizabeth Carothers, and Rick Carius. We are proud of them, all 68 campers, the staff, and the CITs. DTA now looks forward to its first ever Summer Academy, which will begin in two weeks.

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