Schools in the News

Schools in the News

Smithsburg High Student Receives National Cancer Institute Internship Misbah Shafi, a junior at Smithsburg High School, has received an appointment to the Werner H. Kirsten Student Internship Program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Frederick. She gained the appointment through a competitive application process. The internship begins with nine weeks of training this summer, and then a half-day at NCI every day of Misbah's senior year.
The site of the internship at NCI will be the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, where Misbah will work on a genome project designed to research comparative genomics of the immune system. Some of her work will involve DNA analysis, using various forms of technology that include a robotic system and an automated DNA sequencer.
Current WCPS seniors Atlee Baker at Smithsburg High and Alex Ray at South Hagerstown High are in the Kirsten Internship Program this school year. Alex's individual research project, "A Novel Technique for Detection of Unknown Viral RNA Sequences," has received international recognition, and as a grand prize winner in the Western Maryland Science Expo, qualified Alex for a trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico this month to compete in the Intel International Science Fair.
Four AP History students atBoonsboro High School and their teachers, Chris Spaid, recently attended the 2nd Save Our History (SOH) Y outh Summit in Washington, DC, to present their SOH project, and to meet with members of congress, and leaders in preservation and education.