Carbondale Area sophomore, McKinley Borders (10th grade), has been awarded a full scholarship to attend the Lacawac Sanctuary Field Science Academy this summer. She will spend June 17th-22 at Lacawac Field Station in Lake Ariel. She interviewed for this scholarship through PJAS. The following is a description of what she will do:

She will participate in current scientific research alongside university professors. Throughout her stay, she will be immersed in aquatic and terrestrial ecology at a field station.

This is a week-long residential summer camp for high school students. Campers will conduct active, inquiry based research field studies at the pristine Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station.

Studies will include remote sensing of land use, weather patterns, and aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem analysis. The data collected will be reported to a global ecology database for use by scientists worldwide. Campers will also enjoy a river float trip through the Delaware Water Gap while studying the geology and ecology of the region.

McKinley has participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science for the past two years always receiving a first place award and continuing on to the state competition. When asked how she felt about attending, she said, “I’m honored to be chosen. I had to apply and interview for the position. I’m excited for this new, hands-on learning experience.”