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How high school students can focus on marine science

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – High school students interested in marine science, with their parents in tow, learned more about a new educational opportunity Monday night.

Organizers of the Ashley High School Marine Science Academy answered questions about the program during an information session at UNCW's Center for Marine Science.

Lead instructor Sandra Cecelski said the hands-on experience will allows students to use what they've learned in other science classes, like biology and chemistry.

"Now they can apply that into learning more about the ocean," she said.

Dorothy Reynolds is a senior at Ashley, and she said she's a bit jealous that she'll be missing an opportunity like this.

"The students are going to have a great experience," Reynolds said.

The academy coursework provides high school students the equivalent of two intro marine science classes that they would typically take in their first year of college. Applications are still being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.

The academy  is a partnership between New Hanover County Schools, UNCW, CFCC, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, and several other regulatory and marine-related agencies.

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