National group seeks Otsego alumni for follow-up study PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 April 2013 07:59
TONTOGANY - A national study conducted 50 years ago is looking to reconnect with Otsego High School students that were part of it to find out what became of their lives.
Project Talent, conducted by the American Institutes for Research, took place in 1960 through 1963 and surveyed 400,000 American teens across the country.
High school students in the Otsego School District in those years were among those surveyed.
According to a press release, "Project Talent assessed the aptitudes and abilities, hopes and expectations" of the high schoolers in conjunction with the U.S. Office of Education.
"It was a very nationally-representative study," said Sabine Horner, the project's director of outreach and communications. "Very diverse, geographically in terms of public, private, parochial, small towns, rural areas, big cities, segregated, de-segregated."
Studies such as Project Talent, which reaches across decades, are rare, and allow researchers to make connections between early life experiences and later life outcomes.
Horner said that in the past the project has sent out representatives to class reunions, or have recruited class members to help gather information, but "some groups are harder for us to find - women for example, who changed their names are trickier to track down."
"Reunions, and going through local papers is a good avenue for us."
She said that there have been three follow-ups to the study, but the most recent took place in the late 1970s.
"Some people haven't heard from us in 50 years," she said.
The Project Talent team is asking that members of the 1960 through 1963 Otsego classes contact them to register their interest and provide details of where they can be contacted to receive further information.
Project Talent may be reached at 1-866-770-6077 or via e mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The Project Talent Web site is located at www.projecttalent.org.

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