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NMC ETS Student Excels in Math and Science Summer Camp (September 24, 2010)

Northern Marianas College Educational Talent Search (ETS) student, Brittany Santos Sablan, recently completed the Math and Science Summer program at the Leeward Community College in Hawaii.

Sablan, a senior at Marianas High School, was selected to participate in the rigorous six-week summer program to strengthen and advance her skills and knowledge in mathematics and science, and to prepare for college. The goal of the program is to help students, primarily in high school, recognize and develop their potential to excel in these subjects in order to encourage the students to pursue postsecondary degrees in related fields.

Sablan, who plans to pursue a career in health care or technical engineering, was both “nervous and excited” as she headed to Honolulu on June 9, 2010.

“The thought of learning more about my favorite subjects ” math and science ” on a completely new place really motivated me to apply to be in the program,” said Sablan.

“This was the first time that I had ever been so far away from home for over a month, but I’m glad I had this experience” adds Sablan.

Besides taking courses in areas such as Science & Research Writing, Trigonometry, Astronomy, and Senior Guidance, Sablan also took time with other program participants to visit famous landmarks and local favorites on the island of Oahu.

“Studies always came first, but afterwards we were always on our feet,” said Sablan. “It was a blast.”

“As a young adult preparing to transition from high school to college, Brittany has demonstrated dedication and self motivation that is reflected in her academic accomplishments,” said ETS Counselor Theresa Taylor. “We all wish for her continued success and have great hopes for her future.”

Sablan has been a student in the ETS program for nearly a year. She is an active participant in many her high school's sports programs, such as cross country and the outrigger canoe team. She has also competed in and won awards from the National Forensics League and Math Court competitions.

The ETS program is a federally funded programs under the TRiO program. It is designed to provide educational guidance and support to middle and high school students in order to ensure their continued success that will lead to the completion of high school and the pursuit of higher education.

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