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Congratulations to the 2012 STAR Class

(May 2, 2012) From an exceptional pool of 61 applicants, 16 academically gifted and committed students have been selected for this summer’s STAR program.

Science-Technology-Academics-Research (STAR) is a 5½ -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.

Congratulations to the following 16 students who have been selected as the STAR Class of 2012.



High School

Alexandra Baldassaro

Patrick Taylor

Jade Berfect


Nicole Bryer

Mount Carmel

Alexandra Cloutet


Marc Gibson

Holy Cross

Katherine Henry


Zhen Huang


Moamen Ismail

Grace King

Patrick Madden


Shahan Maqbool

Grace King

Emily Nichols


Malik Robinson

West Jefferson

Robert Sanders

Country Day

George Smith

Ben Franklin

Luke Tang

Ben Franklin

Eliane Villarrubia


Allison Sharai, Senior Administrator of Academic Outreach, Melisa Enclade, Academic Outreach Services Coordinator, and Jawed Alam, PhD, selected 26 students to interview from the 61 applicants. Those 26 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, Melisa, and Jawed, guest interviewers this year included Carl Tholen, Drs. Julia Cook and T. Cooper Woods, Bob Jones, Avery Corenswet, and Kathleen McFadden.

The STAR students and their parents will attend a meet and greet on May 15 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 11 and concludes on July 19.

Congratulations to this year’s STAR class!

You can keep up with the 2012 STAR class by visiting www.ochsner.org/star.

For more information about Academic Outreach at Ochsner or to get involved, contact the Academic Outreach office at 504-842-5321, email EducationOutreach@ochsner.org, or visit the Academic Outreach website.

Academic Outreach serves the community and maintains Ochsner’s position as a national academic leader by supporting educational development, providing unique academic resources, and connecting students and teachers with innovative academic opportunities.

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