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Posted: May 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Placerita Junior High School seventh-graders Kelly Ficarra, Heather Moylan, Emily Rieck and Jessy Serrano were awarded scholarships to attend the American Association of University Women’s Tech Trek Science Camp for Girls.

They will take part in a weeklong residential camp this summer known as Tech Trek, a science, math and technology camp designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the fall.

It features hands-on activities in math, science and related fields. All sleeping, eating, instructional and recreational facilities are located on a university campus, where the camps are held.

In most camps, girls are assigned either a math or science core class that they attend daily, sometimes with field trips to encourage maximum interaction and instruction. All instructors and staff members are women.

Rieck and Serrano will be attending California State University, Fresno; Moylan will be attending University of California, Irvine; and Ficarra will be attending Camp Blackwell at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Instructors include credentialed middle school teachers and women currently engaged professionally in math, science or technology fields. Campers will be exposed to evening programs in fields such as astronomy, engineering, chemistry, marine biology and environmental studies to enhance the learning experience and introduce students to a variety of potential career areas. Some camps also offer classes in financial sense and details about qualifying and paying for college.

To find out more about Tech Trek, contact Tech Trek co-coordinators Carol Holzgrafe and Nancy Andren at


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