The Energetic Learning Campus has a new tentative completion date – September 19th.Although originally intended to be open for the start of classes in September, there has been a hold up with lighting suppliers, which has slowed down construction.- Advertisement -Luckily, the Pomeroy Sport Centre in which the facility is held has extra space and meeting rooms.It will be allowing the school district to use them in the interim.All grade 10 students registered to attend the ELC will be notified to show up there Tuesday morning.The grand opening of the ELC is scheduled for October 17th.Advertisement Pending final confirmation, Superintendent Larry Espe says it’s looking like Minister of Education George Abbott will be taking part in the opening.The ELC is expected to house between 170 and 200 grade 10 students and their teachers in its first year.
Jason Black having successfully climbed Everest in 2013.Mountaineer Jason Black is to attempt to become the first Irishman to successfully climb the world’s most challenging mountain.Black, 44, expects to take more than two months in his quest to conquer K2 in Pakistan.The Letterkenny man, who successfully climbed Everest in 2013, is to undertake the climb as part of an international team of mountaineers. The only other Irishman to attempt the 8,611 metre (28,251 ft) climb was Limerick man Ger McDonnell.Unfortunately McDonnell was killed when he was struck by an avalanche having successfully reached the summit in 2006.Black, who has been training for more than a year for his latest expedition, says he is under no illusion about the dangers which face him in his climb.Although K2 is approximately 100 metres smaller than Everest, it is 20% steeper and considered a much more perilous climb. Just 302 people have ever reached the top of K2 but 80 of those have never returned.Black, 44, said “I am under no illusion that some of our team may not come back. An average of 25% of those who attempt to climb K2 do not return.“But I know I am in peak condition, both physically and mentally. I have spoken with my wife about the reality this project and she has supported me all the way.“I know I am capable of climbing the moment but the reality is that a lot depends on Mother Nature up on that mountain,” he said.Black said he expects to lose two stone in weight during the climb and hopes to return to successfully tell his story to students across Donegal and Ireland when he returns.“This is not an ego trip for me. It is about pushing myself to the very limit and proving to myself that I can do it. “I want to come back in September and to be able to go into schools and to the children that they can raise their dreams and they can be the best at what they want to do and be.“That’s what it is about for me. I am very much aware that I will be the first Irishman to successfully summit and return from K2 if I make it but that means nothing to me,” he said.Black revealed that he will bring both an Irish and Donegal flag with him to raise aloft when he summits K2, known to mountaineers as Savage Mountain.* A full interview with Jason will be carried in tomorrow’s Donegal Daily. MOUNTAINEEER JASON BLACK TO TAKE ON HIS BIGGEST EVER CHALLENGE WITH CLIMB OF K2 was last modified: June 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalEverestJason BlackK2