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Three Bay Area high school students are part of a delegation selected to represent California at the 59th National Youth Science Camp.
State Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond announced the selections in a news release Tuesday. They were selected for their high achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (also known as STEM).
Jessica Qu, of Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, is an active math club member and head of a female-focused coding club at her school, Girls Who Code.
Michael Zhao, of Lynbrook High School in San Jose, has worked with Santa Clara County’s Department of Public Health during the pandemic and also led a STEM-focused youth development program.
Vivian Hir is a student at Quarry Lane School in Danville. She has a passion for biochemistry and hopes to study chemistry and biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology next semester.
Also selected to attend the camp from California was Angelina Lee of Cerritos High School in Cerritos.
The four joined 132 other students from the U.S. and 12 other nations in a recent virtual camp, joining lectures, seminars, direct studies and special events. The camp is made possible through the planning and fundraising of the National Youth Science Foundation.
Reporter Olivia Wynkoop contributed to this story.