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Dillon Garg chosen to represent region at Kumon Student Conference in Chicago

COURTESY PHOTO - Dillon Garg, a student at West Hills Montessori School who studies at Kumon.A Lake Oswego sixth grader received a distinct honor as he was recently selected to attend Kumon's third annual Student Conference in Chicago, Illinois July 10. Dillon Garg attends Lake Oswego Junior High, and studies high school-level math and reading at Kumon in Lake Grove through their math and reading programs.

Due to Garg's commitment to his many extracurriculars in and out of the classroom, he was selected as one of 56 students across North America to attend the Kumon Student Conference, which aims to bring together the next generation of future leaders.

"I am very honored and excited to be selected to the Kumon conference. Kumon has been part of my life since I was in preschool — I even completed my daily Kumon work on family vacations," Garg said. "It feels worth all of the effort and I feel so appreciative of Kumon for recognizing my years of hard work. I am most excited to meet other students with similar interests and the opportunity to learn from each other."

Kumon is an after-school enrichment program that encompasses an individualized approach to help children develop a solid foundation of math and reading skills. The method's commitment to each student's personalized plan and pace has resulted in millions of students studying years ahead of their grade level.

Far from the average pre-teen, Garg spear-

headed a coding club at his school after he discovered his passion for coding. He also participates in the school's Talented and Gifted (TAG) program and the Science Olympics while competing in three baseball teams and several other sports.COURTESY PHOTO - Garg also plays in three baseball leagues.

"Over the years, I have built bonds and have become part of a community with my mentors and other kids at the Kumon center," Garg said. "When I grow up, I want to be an aerospace engineer and I believe that Kumon has helped me build the foundation for that path."

On July 10, Garg will join 55 other student leaders in Chicago. During the day-long conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from each other through a variety of activities designed to foster team building, group discussion, critical thinking and creativity. "My excitement is also mixed with some nervousness because I am asked to speak about a topic during the conference," Garg said. "However, I know that it is another way Kumon is teaching me to be bold and confident. I am so grateful for this opportunity that Kumon has given me and what it has and is teaching me."

In this unique learning environment, students will

also hear from inspirational former Kumon Students who have completed the Kumon Program, some of whom are now successful profession-

als.

"Kumon's founder, Toru Kumon, was firm in his belief that the most effective learning occurs with special attention to determine each student's 'just-right' level of ability and speed," said Sung Park, vice president of materials development and instruction at Kumon North America, Inc. in a press release. "We see proof of this every day as Kumon students advance into high level math and reading, regardless of their grade. This conference serves as a testament to Toru Kumon's method, as we witness each of the selected students aspiring to reach their full potential."

Over 75 percent of the students selected to attend the 2019 Kumon Student Conference have already studied advanced algebra and high-school level reading before the end of sixth grade, otherwise known as achieving "J by 6" in the Kumon Math Program and Kumon Reading Program, which speaks to Kumon's goal of helping children study well beyond grade level.

The local Kumon location is 16063 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR. For more information visit www.kumon.com/lake-grove/.


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