Junior Katie Meehl attended two leadership and academic programs this past summer. First, she was selected by Cape Fear Academy to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) in June held at NC State University. It’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY’s flagship program allows high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Students attend three- or four-day seminars and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to make a positive impact in their community.
Katie also applied and was accepted into the highly selective Summer Ventures for Science and Mathematics (SVSM) run by the NC School of Math and Science. There was a 28% acceptance rate. Katie was assigned to the ECU campus where she studied DNA extraction and Neuroscience over a 4 week period. Her final project and presentation was “The Use of Mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosomal Short Tandem Repeats to Analyze the DNA of a Human Femur”. SVSM supplements high school and university courses, taking students beyond the traditional boundaries of high school science and mathematics. A distinguished faculty of university professors and master high school teachers, working in cooperation with science and mathematics professionals from other institutions guides students through an academic program specially designed to provide experience in scientific inquiry and mathematical problem-solving.