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Congratulations to the 2011 STAR Class!

(April 28, 2011) From an outstanding pool of 60 applicants, 16 academically gifted and committed students have been selected for this summer’s STAR program.

Science-Technology-Academics-Research (STAR) is a 5-week immersive summer camp designed to give promising high school students significant hands-on experience with scientific inquiry and insights into healthcare opportunities and careers. 

This year’s students come to Ochsner from schools across the Greater New Orleans area: 
Kara Alexander - Riverdale High School
Linda Arellano - Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy
Bristol Bell - Country Day
Kassidy Detiege-Jeffreys - John Curtis Christian
Dua Farhoud - Thomas Jefferson
Claire Franklin - Ben Franklin
Neda Khooshkhoo - Haynes Academy
Kevin Kirchner - Shaw High School
Valeriya Kozmenko - Haynes Academy
Zack Melchiode - Ben Franklin
Saya Menzies - Ursuline Academy
Ekuase Ogunbor - Destrehan High School
Jaylen Parquet - Patrick F. Taylor
Abigayle Rhode Pausina - Mount Carmel
Alex Soniat - Patrick F. Taylor
Chelsie Wilbon - Destrehan High School

The two alternates are Colleen Levy from Cabrini High School and Samuel Hargro from St. Augustine High School.

Allison Sharai, Senior Administrator of Academic Outreach, Ethel Madden, Director of Knowledge Management, and Jawed Alam, PhD, selected 30 students to interview from the 60 applicants. Those 30 students then underwent half-hour interviews by a team of 3 questioners. The interviews were conducted over the course of 6 evenings. Along with the core team of Allison, Ethel, and Jawed, guest interviewers this year included Drs. Julia Cook and T. Cooper Woods, Bob Jones, Avery Corenswet, and Kathleen McFadden.

“Every year the selection process gets more trying as the pool of applicants becomes more deserving of the opportunity to take part in STAR,” Allison said. “I have no doubt that the 2011 STAR Student Scholars will have the summer of a lifetime and be great representatives of Ochsner Academic Outreach.”

The STAR students and their parents will attend a meet and greet on May 31 where they will have the opportunity to get acquainted with each other and learn more about this summer’s program. The program begins on June 20 and concludes on July 22.

Congratulations to this year’s STAR class!

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