USD Hosts Annual Gifted Camps for Middle School and High School Students

Photo of Gifted Camp Students from the South Dakota Govenor's Camp and Ambassadors of Excellence program will be at USD this July.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Gifted middle school and high school students from across the state will gather at the University of South for the 34th annual South Dakota Governor’s Camp and the 29th annual Ambassadors of Excellence program.

“We don’t do the regular reading, writing and arithmetic,” said Andrea Wange, camp director and curriculum instructor. “Our curriculum is designed to expose students to experiences they wouldn’t normally receive in a regular classroom.”

Students can choose from a variety of classes that test their mental aptitude ranging from voice lessons and dance to field biology. Students also experience motivational guest speakers, engage in team building exercises and experience the USD campus.

The South Dakota Governor’s Camp for middle school students will take place July 23-28. The Ambassadors of Excellence Camp for high school students will take place July 17-28.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and kinesiology and sport management.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News