Seliger Recognizes NASA High School Aerospace Scholar Recipients
AMARILLO, Texas--Today, Senator Kel Seliger recognized eleven high school students
from District 31 who have been accepted into the 7th Annual High School Aerospace
Scholars (HAS) program at NASA's Johnson Space Center. "This program is intended to
highlight the interest of motivated young people in the areas of math and science. These
students will bring a great deal to this program, and will hopefully come away with much as
well," said Seliger.
HAS is an interactive on-line learning experience, highlighted by a six-day internship where
selected students are encouraged to study math, science, engineering or computer science by
interacting with engineers at the Johnson Space Center. During the school year, scholars will
complete several web-based lessons involving a variety of activities including designing
upgrades to be used on the Shuttle. The summer internship at the JSC includes participation
in hands-on engineering activities and a team project in Mars exploration while being
mentored by NASA engineers.
The HAS program was created in 1999 to address the recent declining enrollments in science,
technology, engineering and math fields. Through a combination of state, federal and private
sector funding, this program encourages Texas high school juniors to explore the possibilities
of careers in these fields with space exploration as its central theme. Students from across
the state of Texas are selected to participate in the HAS program by their state legislator
through a competitive process.
"I hope that this program will be a positive first step for these young people toward a bright
and successful future, and I look forward to the contributions they will make to the state of
Texas," said Seliger.
The following students from District 31 will be participating in the HAS program next year:
Cassandra Brock, Preston Enlow, and Guadalupe Olivas of Hartley, Morgan Cox of Midland
(Greenwood High School), Kelly Fine of Dalhart, Wesley Miller of Forsan, Taylor Niehues
of Garden City, Daniel Sayers of Canyon (Canyon High School), Addie Treider of
Lazbuddie, Raymond Wade of Canyon (Randall High School), and David Washer of Borger.