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D.C. HIGH SCHOOLS ACCESS SUPERCOMPUTER VIA MCI DURING AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK DEMONSTRATION

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 ~PRNewswire~ -- Students at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington now have the ability to access a high-speed supercomputer to create and run programs and exchange information with other schools nationwide.
 The students at Woodrow Wilson are among several thousand junior and senior high school students across the country participating in the National Education Supercomputer Program (NESP). Developed by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, the program is a cooperative endeavor of private industry and government. MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC) provides the long distance network facilities, while Cray Research, Inc., supplies the supercomputer.
 "This project is exactly what students of the 1990s need to be involved in," said Franklin L. Smith, superintendent of the D.C. Public Schools. "Giving young people hands-on-experience in accessing a supercomputer is invaluable in increasing their understanding of communications and computer networking."
 The NESP offers science and mathematics students in junior and senior high schools and community colleges the opportunity to perform large-scale computer simulations and modeling to enhance classroom instruction and to demonstrate the importance of the supercomputer in research.
 "I had heard about supercomputers, but had no idea that they could help sharpen my programming skills and provide me with so much information," said Chris Santos, a senior at Woodrow Wilson. "I'm really interested in computer technology and this project will really help me get a better grasp of avenues I can pursue when I go to college."
 To demonstrate its commitment to advancing students' knowledge of technology, the D.C. Public Schools installed eight additional phone lines at Woodrow Wilson to provide the 38 other public junior and senior high schools in the district the ability to participate in the program. When a student's call reaches Wilson, it will be routed over the schools dedicated long distance phone line to the supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.
 Students at Woodrow Wilson High School will participate in the supercomputer program throughout the remainder of the 1992-93 school year and during the summer months.
 "We view this as a great opportunity to assist in furthering the cause of scientific research and innovation among young people," said Jerry Edgerton, MCI's vice president of government systems. "The NESP compliments our current involvement with the National Science Foundation Network (NSFNET) in which we provide the transmission facilities for colleges, universities and research firms to access databases, bulletin boards and other online information resources."
 Headquartered in Washington, MCI offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services through one of the world's largest state-of-the-art networks. With 1991 revenue of nearly $10 billion, the company is the second largest long distance provider in the United States and has more than 60 overseas offices in 55 countries.
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 ~CONTACT: MCI Corporate News Bureau, 800-289-0073 or 202-887-3000; Cheryl Johnson of D.C. Public Schools, 202-724-4044; or Steve Fried of the Department of Energy, 202-586-5806~
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