From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
November 14, 2001
Contact: William A. Scott - (512) 463-0124

Santa Anna Student Selected for NASA Scholars Program

AUSTIN -- Senator Troy Fraser today announced the selection of a Santa Anna High School to participate in NASA's Texas Aerospace Scholars Program, which encourages Texas high school students to pursue studies in math, science, engineering or computer science.

Jessie W. Ellerbe of Santa Anna Independent School District was presented with a letters of acceptance to the program by Fraser's office 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.

"Jessie is an exceptional student, and I'm pleased that he has been selected for this unique program designed to enhance his education in the areas of study in which he already excels," Fraser said. "Jessie is a top-notch student and this is a top-notch program. It gives me great pleasure to announce this selection in conjunction with NASA."

Ellerbe is a consistent honor roll student who has been the president of his class for the past two years. An athlete who plays football and runs track, Ellerbe also has received class honors in history, speech, biology, Spanish and algebra. He is the recipient of the school's Phillips Cup as the highest ranking boy in his seventh, eighth and nine grade classes.

Ellerbe 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.

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.