Students win scholarships to attend science camp in Alaska

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Jun 21,  2011

The Prince William Sound Science Center has selected four high-school students from Mississippi and Alabama to receive Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium scholarships to help them attend the science center’s Ocean Science and Leadership Expedition in Cordova, Alaska, on July 14-23.

Full-scholarship recipients include Sierra Reavis, 17, of Saks High School in Anniston, Ala.; Archie Creech, 16, of Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Ala.; and Sallie Lin, 15, of Warren Central High School in Vicksburg, Miss. They will receive $1,500 to cover tuition and some travel expenses. A partial scholarship of $250 was awarded to Caitlin Wall, 16, of Florence High School in Florence, Ala.

The Prince William Sound Science Center chose the four students to attend the 10-day camp from among 35 strong applications, according to Alice Dou-Wang, an education specialist at the science center.

“This program is an exciting opportunity to bring together 10 extremely accomplished and motivated students from around the country,” Dou-Wang said.

During the camp, the students will learn about fundamentals of oceanography and the science of marine environmental issues, such as climate change and oil spills, and connect what they learn with firsthand observations and experiences in Alaska’s coastal environments.

“We first sponsored Gulf of Mexico student scholarships after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” said LaDon Swann, director of Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant. “The two students from Mississippi were very complimentary of their experiences and their new broader worldview of the environment. We are continuing to provide the scholarships for top-notch students to experience ocean-science applications in the awe-inspiring natural landscapes of Alaska.”

The students will camp on remote beaches and paddle among icebergs during an overnight sea kayaking expedition in Prince William Sound. They also will visit Valdez, Alaska, and take part in an oil-spill simulation exercise.

For more information about the Ocean Science and Leadership Expedition, visit


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