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Five Halifax County Early College students will go to a summer program sponsored by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. 

The students are Taniyah Alston, Caliyah Pearson, Jalen Russell, Daylan Smith and Keniah Smith.

The INSPIRE program is a one-week residential camp that provides experiences in STEM research and solving complex, real-world problems. 

The INSPIRE program is for rising juniors and will take place from June 26 to July 1 on NCSSM Morganton Campus.

"I am so grateful that NCSSM can partner with Halifax County Schools to provide a research and leadership program to students, like the INSPIRE program,” said Jamie Lathan, vice chancellor for extended learning at NCSSM. “What an amazing opportunity to strengthen the pathway to STEM and other academic and career pursuits for underrepresented and historically excluded students in this important region in our state.”

In the gallery: Lathan, left, and Cunningham

Superintendent Eric Cunningham said, “This is a great opportunity for scholars to participate in STEM research and other high-impact, real-world learning opportunities.” 

Jerome Williams, HCEC principal, said, “STEM camp is an excellent program and a rare opportunity for our students to engage in STEM research. The NCSSM on-campus experience is a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn and grow.”

The students were selected from a pool of many candidates.

Students participate in an inquiry or research project during the one-week residential program. Each student is matched with a mentor who facilitates this experience. 

Outside of working with a mentor, students will also participate in enrichment activities, such as sessions and workshops on leadership competencies, team-building, self-advocacy, communication skills, networking, study skills, and growth mindset. 

On the last day of the program, students will present the results of their inquiry and research experiences to their families, the NCSSM-Morganton community, and program partners in the greater Morganton community.