Young Scholars Sponsor Great Frederick Discovery Race

Young Scholars Sponsor Great Frederick Discovery Race

Students in the Frederick County Public Schools’ Young Scholars program invite community support in the Great Frederick Discovery Race. Middle school students in the program created clues last summer to help race participants find and learn about locations throughout Frederick’s historic district. They encourage families, groups of co-workers, neighbors and everyone up for a fun, local activity to sign up now to race as a team on Saturday, May 13, from 2-4 p.m. The race is suitable for all ages and can be as competitive or non-competitive as participants wish. The cost to participate is lower with early bird registration, open now through Saturday, April 15.

As racers find each location they will snap a team photo as proof. The first teams to complete 11 of 12 clue challenges will win prizes. Young Scholars will also award prizes to racers with the best costume themes. Teams might decide to race as historical figures, in superhero costumes, dressed to represent a career or other aspect of the team.

Proceeds will support field trips and summer opportunities for Young Scholars, a program for FCPS students who have high academic potential but are traditionally under-represented in advanced courses. Founded in 2011, the FCPS Young Scholars program operates at Hillcrest and Monocacy Elementary schools and Monocacy and West Frederick Middle schools. It promotes students’ exposure to future opportunities in engineering and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Students remain in the program throughout their school years. The first group of Young Scholars will enter Frederick and Governor Thomas Johnson High schools in the fall.

The Community Foundation of Frederick County is managing the race fund. Early bird registration by April 15 is $20 per person or $70 per team of up to four. Registration is open now at and will continue through race day. After April 15, the fee increases to $27.50 per person and $85 per team. Early registration will help coordinators prepare for a successful event.

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