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Local girls will trek to Stanford University this summer

Roseville branch of the American Association of Univeristy Women select six girls to attend math, science and technology camp
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This summer, Brenna Gittins will pack her bags and head out on a weeklong trek. The Lincoln resident and seventh grader at Horizon Charter School’s Accelerated Learning Academy was one of six girls recently selected by the Roseville-South Placer branch of the American Association of University Women to attend a math, science and technology camp at Stanford University. AAUW promotes equity for women and girls. The camp, called Tech Trek, provides girls an opportunity to explore the sciences through hands-on experiments, field trips and guest speakers. The camp goes from July 11 to 17. After being nominated by their schools, each student wrote an essay and interviewed with the local AAUW committee. The panel chose the participants based on exemplary academic and leadership qualities. Gittins recently participated in the Regional Science Fair held at Rosemont Senior High School in Sacramento. Her project, called “Stain Removal,” tested products to determine which one cleaned cotton fabric the best. Elizabeth Morin and Sai Sumana Kaluval from Buljan Intermediate School, Maddison Pilgrim from Eich Intermediate School, Sydney Zachariais from Springview Middle School and Karis Jose from Twelve Bridges Middle School were also selected for Tech Trek. The Roseville-South Placer branch has sent 52 girls to the camp since the first one started in 1998. The program has since spread to Sonoma State University, CSU Fresno, Whittier College, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego and UC Irvine. A survey of Tech Trek graduates conducted by the local AAUW branch found that graduates go on to be successful in their chosen fields. ~ Sena Christian