WARREN - While they credit their teachers for their strong math and science backgrounds, two Warren G. Harding High School sophomores hope to obtain more skills and knowledge in the sciences as they attend a special summer technology program at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Emily Thirion and Olivia Woods, both 16 of Warren, have both been selected to attend the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program at the naval academy June 17 to 21.
The two students, who both plan on future careers in medicine, believe that the week spent at the academy will be plus for their college plans and careers.
Woods said they had to fill out a very thorough application, including information about varsity sports, ACT and SAT scores, and extracurricular activities and clubs.
"It was very all encompassing. They wanted people who were very well-rounded," Thirion said.
Woods said the two will be among 100 students nationwide who will be entering their junior year of high school.
Thirion said the program focuses on getting youth interested in science, engineering, technology and math.
"It gives students a leg up in these areas," she said.
Woods said she and Thirion feel fortunate to participate, and credit their strong math and science education and instructors at the schools for being prepared for the event.
Thirion said there will both individual and group projects and activities. Woods said there also will be lectures. A brochure describes activities such as conducting experiments in a high-speed wind tunnel or bringing a robot to life.
"They want us to participate in real-life applications," Woods said.
"It's pretty exciting to have the chance to do this and gain experiences that most students would not normally have the chance to do. We have great science and math programs at school but this will really give us a chance to get the hands on activities using technology," she said.
"It is really a prestigious program. I was really pleased to be accepted to be part. It will be exciting to interact with other students who are also interested in STEM field careers that I am," Thirion said.
Woods said they will stay in dorms on the naval base.
"The week we are there will be all juniors. Another week is for sophomores and another freshmen," she said.
Woods is the daughter of John and Kathy Woods and Thirion is the daughter of Terry and Lisa Thirion.
Woods and Thirion said they look forward to not only learning, but having fun while helping to prepare for their future careers in the medical field.