SHIPPENSBURG — Three Shippensburg University students have been awarded a Collegiate Middle Level Association grant from the Association for Middle Level Education.

Middle level education majors Merissa Scarr, Amanda Cloran and Missy Weisser will travel to the annual association conference in Minneapolis this month to offer a presentation on high-risk behaviors among young adolescents.

“This is the premier conference for middle level education professionals with as many as 12,000 professionals attending from all states and at least a dozen countries,” said Robert Ziegenfuss, assistant professor of teacher education and president of the National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education.

“To have this opportunity to go is amazing, but to be awarded this grant means even more,” Weisser said. “I’m so proud of us — to think that our proposal was picked over all of the other colleges in the country that applied.”

“The knowledge gained through researching and preparing for this presentation will help me develop into a teacher who is well prepared to handle the different types of adolescent student behaviors,” Cloran said.

Scarr serves as vice president of the university’s CMLA chapter. Cloran is secretary, and Weisser is treasurer.

The university’s chapter is an affiliate of the international professional education association focused on promoting middle-level education for young adolescents.

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