One Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk student is making her mark this summer. After a competitive application process, soon-to-be freshman, Ashely Cross, was selected to participate in the Rising Star internship program at the Dudley Observatory in Schenectady, NY.
“I am interested in astronomy because I love looking out into the universe and thinking about all it is and has been for billions of years, and how we are only a tiny little spec of it,” Cross wrote in her application essay.
The 17 students, grades six through 10, and teachers chosen for the program will be learning how to navigate the night sky, operate a telescope and better understand the science related to the stars, nebulae and galaxies. When interns fulfill the program requirements, they will become ambassadors and receive a telescope from the Dudley Observatory. The new telescope will allow Cross to share her new knowledge with friends and family.
In 2010 two RCS teachers, Stephen Colon and Jennifer Fisk were chosen to be part of the program, learning alongside students.
“Many of the kids who are awarded the internship go on to study science or attend summer astronomy programs,” Fisk said. “I’m so proud of Ashely.”