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Farmington High Student to Attend High-Achievers' California Science Program.

SANTA FE, N.M. -- A rising senior at Farmington High School has been chosen as one of just 35 academically gifted students, from around the nation and the world, to attend The Summer Science Program (SSP) in Ojai, California. Brianne Douthit will travel to California on Sunday, for 6 weeks of intense, college-level instruction in astronomy, mathematics, physics, and computer programming.

Brianne also recently won a math competition sponsored by Los Alamos National Lab and is interning there until she leaves for California.

"I have loved astronomy since I was in third grade," says Brianne, 17. "I expect that SSP will be full of kids who share similar interests, and aren't going because their parents told them to!"

This year students will hear -- and meet -- 15 prominent guest speakers, including Nobel Laureate Dr. Leon Lederman. Lederman won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1988 and is currently President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Development and designer of Lotus 1-2-3, will also give a presentation. An SSP alumnus from 1966, he credits SSP with his first hands-on computer experience. Rounding out the curriculum are field trips to Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Mt. Wilson Observatory (and the beach).

"We have assembled a superb faculty and student body this year," said Richard Bowdon, Executive Director. "Students are coming from 15 states, plus China, Canada, Turkey, and Germany. We'd love to have more New Mexicans next year, especially kids as talented as Brianne. I hope and expect she'll be an ambassador for SSP after she returns to Farmington in August."

About The Summer Science Program

SSP ( ) has been a turning point in the academic and personal development of students since its launch in 1959. Years later, many describe it as "the educational experience of a lifetime". SSP is one of the oldest and most prestigious academic enrichment programs, and the only one operated and largely funded by its own alumni.

Respected by major universities, SSP awakens minds, forges friendships that last for decades, and often provides the first deep encounter these gifted, science-oriented young men and young women have with peers of similar interests, abilities, and motivation.

SSP sessions have been held at Happy Valley School in the Upper Ojai Valley since the summer of 2000.

For further information, please contact Frank O'Mahony of Liffey Communications, Santa Fe, +1-505-982-1710,, for The Summer Science Program


Contact: Frank O'Mahony of Liffey Communications, Santa Fe, +1-505-982-1710,, for The Summer Science Program

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