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Providence High student tracks asteroid for summer fun

Sunny Zhang conducted research in astrophysics at University of Colorado Boulder this summer.
Sunny Zhang conducted research in astrophysics at University of Colorado Boulder this summer.

Providence High

Teen tracks asteroid: During 40 intense days this summer, Sunny Zhang of Charlotte, a student at Providence High School, operated a research-grade telescope to take images of a near-Earth asteroid, then calculated its orbital path, including the chance it will impact Earth in the future.

Zhang participated in the Summer Science Program as one of 36 gifted science students who came from around the world for academic challenge, collaboration and personal growth. Since 1959, this selective program has offered teenagers their first taste of hands-on experimental research. Years and even decades later, many alumni describe it as “the educational experience of a lifetime.” Most go on to earn advanced degrees and leadership roles in their chosen careers.

Zhang and her colleagues worked closely with university professors, met prominent guest speakers, and took behind-the- scenes tours of local scientific and cultural sites.

Summer Science Program is an independent nonprofit, operated in cooperation with Caltech, MIT, New Mexico Tech, University of Colorado at Boulder and Purdue University.

South Mecklenburg High

Kakehashi Project: Last November, 23 students from North and South Mecklenburg High School and two teachers participated in the Kakehashi Project, a youth exchange program by Japanese government, and spent about two weeks in Japan. They visited Tokyo to visit several cultural sites and experienced school life in Nara.

In February, the schools hosted students from Nara.

Five 11-graders from South Meck students shared their experience with visitors at Charlotte Bon Odori Festival featuring Japanese culture on Aug. 5: Anyanna Mayfield-Loomis, Jeehan Sokhn, Leah Woods, Emily Morales and Guadalupe Medina Martinez..

Consul General Takashi Shinozuka of Japan spent time at the festival booth and viewed the students’ poster presentation. He was happy to know they became friends with Japanese students and are still staying in touch.


Jeffrey Schuler: U.S. Air Force Jeffrey Schuler graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Anonio-Lackland in Texas. Schuler completed the eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Schuler is the son of Mark and Melissa Averi of Waxhaw. He is a 2016 grade of Marvin Ridge High School.

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