ADA — Matt Clayton, son of Judy Clayton, Ada, and Deon Clayton, Spencer, attended the Langston University Summer Transportation Institute, learning about all forms of transportation and found the experience to be fun and educational.

Clayton, 16, Ada High School sophomore, spent the month of June at Langston University learning about careers in the transportation industry. He was one of 20 students selected from across Oklahoma. The students learned about air, land, water and space transportation careers from professionals in the industry.

They visited several transportation and transportation related companies in Oklahoma and Texas, including Johnson Space Center and the U.S. Coast Guard in Houston; Central Tech Truck Driving School in Drumright; Southern Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Federal Aviation Administration and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation all in Oklahoma City; Burlington Northern Sante Fe in Fort Worth; Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Southwest Airlines in Dallas. They learned about defensive driving, space games, model rocketry and what it takes to be an astronaut. They traveled by van, bus, chartered bus, boat, rail and plane.

Clayton also participated in skill honing activities centered around team building, leadership, math, computer, sports and recreation. He says he enjoyed every aspect of the institute. He was selected as a male student of the week, and he highly recommends the institute to any student.

During the month students spent time interacting with faculty, staff and professionals. Clayton says he enjoyed that aspect because he stayed on a college campus and learned what college student life is all about.

Funded by the Federal Highway Administration and Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the institute is free to students in grades 9 and 10. It is also supported by the Oklahoma Trucking Association and its affiliate companies.

To qualify, students must be presently enrolled in ninth or 10th grade and have at least a 2.5 grade point average. An application must be submitted along with an essay discussing the student’s desire to attend, official transcripts and two letters of recommendation from a counselor and a math or science teacher.

For more information on future institutes, students or parents may write to M. Kay Wachtstetter, Project Director, LU Summer Transportation Institute, P.O. Box 1258, Langston, OK 73050. She can also be reached at