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Math and Science Fill High School Students’ Summer (August 12, 2008)

Three students from the Northern Marianas College ’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program recently returned from an off-island trip after sharpening their math and science skills in a college setting in California and Hawaii.

The ETS program was invited to send active participants to the Math and Science Summer program, which is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students primarily in the 10th or 11th grade. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and encourages them to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields.

Kenlyn Butters, an incoming senior at Kagman High School , and Elton Escaros, an incoming junior at Marianas High School , flew to California to attend the summer program at the Monterey Peninsula Community College ’s campus. Naomi Cabrera, an incoming junior at Kagman High School , attended the summer program at the Leeward Community College campus in Hawaii.

“The classes we took were beyond my expectations,” said Kenlyn Butters. “There were like regular classes, only condensed into a short period of time.”

At the summer programs, which lasted for six weeks, the students were exposed to classes that offered intensive math and science training. The students were also afforded the opportunity to interact with faculty who conduct research in math and science and were also allowed to conduct research procedure under the supervision of faculty members.

“There were students from California ,Arizona ,Idaho ,Oregon ,Saipan , Marshall Islands, Pohnpei, Guam ,Nevada ,and Hawaii ,” said Butters. “During the time we were living together and basically doing things together, the whole group has bonded so strong that it became really hard to say goodbye.”

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