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Congratulations to Hakon Jones '15 on His Acceptance and Scholarship to the Summer Honors Research Program at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography
Congratulations to Hakon Jones ‘15 on his acceptance to the Honors Research Program (HPR), a seven-week summer project, at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. The application process is highly competitive with an acceptance rate of only 12 percent. Hakon was one of only eight students chosen for this summer’s program and will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of attending. He and his fellow students will work with scientists and engineers to learn about oceanography, data visualization techniques, and the scientific research process. “Diving, swimming, sailing, sharks and the deep blue, that is where my heart takes me,” says Hakon.

The onshore component of the program exposes students to oceanography focusing on geology, biology, archaeology, chemistry and computer science as they relate to ocean science and exploration. After completing research on the shore based project, students participate in a 1-2 week sea-going expedition on aboard a vessel such as the Exploration Vessel (EV) Nautilus or Sailing Training Ship (STS) Bodrum, as part of a science team in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea or the Black Sea. They will conduct data watches and assist with processing of data collected during the expedition alongside scientists and engineers. Upon leaving the seven-week session, participants will have gained exposure to and experience in the applications of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) in the field of ocean exploration. The Nautilus Exploration Program was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard and is conducted by the Ocean Exploration Trust.

Senior Marissa Karp Receives Appointment to West Point
On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 9, senior Marissa Karp received a welcomed call from Congressman Jack Kingston’s office, offering her admission to the prestigious United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. Each year West Point receives more than 10,000 applications, but has an admission rate of only nine percent. Applicants must receive a congressional nomination from their representative Congressman, two U.S. senators, the vice president of the United States or receive a Service-Connected nomination from a “career military personnel”.
Mary Beth Fry, Director of College Counseling, comments, “Marissa Karp was the perfect candidate for West Point: smart, curious, generous, and responsible. Marissa always does what it takes to do her best possible work and to meet each and every one of her responsibilities.”
During her time at Country Day, Marissa was selected for the National Honor Society, has received outstanding attorney awards at both district and regional Mock Trial competitions, was a member of region and state title winning casts in One Act Play competitions, and has been active in several student lead groups including Young Politicians, Students for Cultural Diversity and the school literary journal, Amanuensis. She has spent three years on the Chatham Country Youth Commission and is also a member of the Teen Board at Memorial University Medical Center.
“Becoming a strong candidate for any of the Service Academies is a tall order for even the most talented student, but Marissa has had her eye on this for a few years, and has been entirely dedicated to accomplishing her goal. We are all very proud of her and her accomplishments, but we aren't even a little bit surprised by what she's achieved:  Marissa is living proof that determination and discipline will net enormous rewards,” says Ms. Fry.
Marissa comments on her future plans, stating, “I'm now looking forward to pursuing a degree in engineering at West Point, and then I hope to attend law school after I finish my commitment.”

Congratulations, Marissa!

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