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Shelton Challenge for high school students announced

Rocky Mount, NC:  North Carolina Wesleyan College and the Gateway Technology Center have announced the plans and schedule for the 2012 Shelton Challenge.  The college will host a six day residential experience for high school students beginning July 8 through 13 on the Rocky Mount campus.  The Challenge is designed to help students expand their knowledge and skills of what it takes to be a leader from the General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at NC State University (

General Henry Hugh Shelton is the center’s founder and executive director.  He said, “The Shelton Challenge and the Take II Challenge are designed to appeal to youth who are motivated to learn how to lead others. Both Shelton Challenges are for those who aspire to make a difference for their family, community and nation.”

Challenge participants will have the opportunity to participate in team-building activities focused on honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity, and social responsibility. They will assess their personal leadership skills and practice leading teammates daily. Through teamwork, they will practice interpersonal skills, leadership styles, goal setting, motivating others, personal presence and public speaking, ethical decision making, and how to change behaviors.

The group will participate in a service project in a local community. They will develop and practice skills related to self and team reflection to relate current experiences to future applications, with the ultimate intent of continuous character improvement. And finally, they will participate in planning fun activities each evening such as an ice cream social, a talent show, dance, game night, and more.

The program is open to qualified applicants entering grade 9 through grade 12.  Applicants must have a 2.8 grade point average (unweighted) or higher.  Each applicant must provide a completed application and two references by the deadline on May 18, 2012.

The cost to attend the NCWC Shelton Challenge six-day residential program is $495. This cost includes all curriculum materials, lodging and food, low and high ropes training, transportation during the week, and evening activities.

There may be a limited number of need based scholarships for qualified students. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come basis to students whose need is verified through the information provided on the financial scholarship form.

Application documents and more information can be found at  For additional questions, applicants can contact the ECU/NCSU Collaborative at the Gateway Technology Center by calling 252.446.2585 or by email to or