Project Talent seeking SWHS alums

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Project Talent is searching for graduates of Southwest High School from the classes of 1960 through 1963.

In 1960, Project Talent, a study conducted by American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the United States Office on Education, assessed the aptitudes and abilities, hopes and expectations of over 440,000 high school students across America. The study included students from Southwest R-5 High School.

"The Project Talent generation is very important to the history of the country," said Sabine Horner, Project Talent's director of outreach and communications. "They came of age during an era of great upheaval and they transformed the United States as we know it. Project Talent is an opportunity to share their perspectives and experiences in a meaningful way that can benefit future generations."

Large studies that follow people from adolescence to retirement are rare and extremely valuable. They allow researchers to make connections between earlier life experiences and later life outcomes. A follow-up study can ell researchers how family and educational backgrounds impact the life course, up to and including, the retirement process. Researchers can also learn why certain people stay healthier and happier and are more able to enjoy later life.

Members of Southwest High School classes of 1960 through 1963 are encouraged to contact Project Talent to register their interest and provide contact information for details. Project Talent is also seeking information on the whereabouts of classmates no longer in the area.

For more information, call 1-866-770-6077, e-mail or visit

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