From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
November 13, 2001
Contact: William A. Scott - (512) 463-0124

Copperas Cove, Killeen Students Selected for NASA Scholars Program

KILLEEN -- Senator Troy Fraser today announced the selection of two high school students from Senate District 24 -- one from Copperas Cove and one from Killeen -- to participate in NASA's Texas Aerospace Scholars Program (TASP), which encourages Texas high school students to pursue studies in math, science, engineering or computer science.

Kelly Lockhart of Copperas Cove High School and Johnna Botts of Killeen High School, both juniors, were presented with their letters of acceptance to the program by Fraser and state Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp at a news conference today.

The program, administered through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is designed to increase the number of students entering the engineering and high-tech workforce. The one-year program encourages students to study math, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

"These two young ladies are exceptional students, and I'm pleased that they have been selected for this unique program designed to enhance their education in the fields in which they excel," Fraser said. "Kelly and Johnna are top-notch students and this is a top-notch program. It gives me great pleasure to announce these selections in conjunction with NASA."

Lockhart and Botts will participate in an interactive on-line distance education course and a one-week summer residential experience at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Lockhart is ranked number one in a junior class of 456 students at Copperas Cove High School. She excelled in all her math courses, and received the school's Algebra Two Student of the Year award, won the National History Fair Competition for 2001, and received the History Channel's award for her "Outstanding Project on an International Theme."

Botts ranks fifth in her class of 450 students at Killeen High School, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She serves on the student council, plays varsity basketball and runs track.

Two hundred students, all now in their junior years of high school, and 24 counselors from across Texas will participate in the program. Students were chosen through a competitive process that considered a combination of school records, test scores, class performance and teacher recommendations.