He immediately called Aaron, the grandparents, and Aunt Sheila. Aunt Sheila didn't recognize his voice and thought it was someone trying impersonate my cousin "Big Jake" so she told him to get a job and hung up on him. It was hysterical! We called back on my phone (a number she recognized) and we all laughed about it together as she congratulated Jake. :)
Here are couple more of him as he was reading the email...
They asked for teachers references so they could check the applicants GPA. We gave them my email and phone number and explained that we homeschooled and that if they needed some one unrelated we could have one of his teachers from co-op give a reference I never heard from them so I am assuming they read his awesome essay and decided that was all they needed. I keep hearing that homeschoolers are being recruited by colleges (because homeschoolers are awesome) and I am sure the same can be said for STEM Camps. They saw he was homeschooled, read his essay and knew he was a smarty pants. :)
We went to Barnes & Noble after that because I know they have a kids summer reading program and we wanted to check and see if they had a teen program. They don't. :( We looked around and actually left with out buying anything...which took great restraint (and meant carrying books around, contemplating buying them, then putting them back...there is a little bit of satisfaction in doing that to be honest). I saw this lovely copy of Little Women (one of my favorite books) and showed it to Jake. He thought it was nice also and said, "Don't you already have that book?", to which I replied, "Yes. Two of them actually" (plus I have it on my Kindle app on my smart phone). But that seems completely besides the point to me.
After working out we were both stretching on either side of the car so I of course took a picture....that was slightly staged since I had to get my phone ready after noticing I could see Jake and myself. It still counts though.
Fridays are good. Especially when you get an email about STEM Camp. :)