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Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Celebrates 25th Year of Academic Excellence

TORII STATION, OKINAWA , JAPAN — March 22, 2006 — Between March 26-30, approximately 115 students from Guam, Korea, Japan and Okinawa will be attending the Pacific Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Tsukuba Science City, Japan. This year marks the 25 th anniversary of the DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam Far East activity. This program introduces students in eighth through 12th grades to original research in science, math, and engineering. Students learn about appropriate experimentation and the importance of scientific research. Additionally, the symposium exposes them to academic, industrial, and governmental research experiences.

In recognition of this 25th anniversary of the Pacific JSHS, Mr. Takashi Suyama will be recognized for his role in establishing this program , along with the late Mr. Richard Osner, former Japan District Superintendent .  Mr. Shigeru Inaba will also be honored for his commitment and dedication to JSHS for the past 23 years.

David Potere and Laura Moody, previous DoDDS-Pacific JSHS student finalists from 1992, 1998, and 1999, will be attending the Symposium and judging the current students ' presentations. They will also treat the presenters to an evening seminar focused on their current work in civilian and military research.

Potere is a former Yokota High School student and 1992 Pacific JSHS winner. David graduated from Harvard College in 1998, with a degree in American History. In June of that year he received a commission as a Naval Officer and began four years at sea. He resigned his commission in June of 2002, and began a hike of the Appalachian Trail. The 3,400 km footpath took him from Maine to Georgia in just over four months. In the fall of 2003, Potere accepted a Presidential University Graduate Fellowship to join Boston University 's Ph.D. program in Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing. This spring, he received a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship for work in computational geography.

Moody is a 1999 graduate of Edgren High School in Misawa, Japan. As a child of DoDDS teachers Jim and Suzanne Moody, she grew up overseas in Germany and Japan. Laura won first place in the Pacific JSHS in 1998, and also won third place in her division at the National JSHS that year in Albuquerque, NM.  She attended Duke on a full ROTC scholarship and is currently serving her first tour in the U.S. Air Force. She is a 2d LT and is working in military research at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Over the past 25 years, numerous long-standing partnerships were established in support of this important program. These partners include: The Center for Institutes in Tsukuba, The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency-JAXA (formerly NASDA), the U.S. Army 's Science and Technology Center Far East or STCFE (Sagami Depot), the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy (ONRIFO) research facilities in Tokyo, the U.S. Coast Guard Command at Yokota Air Base, the U.S. Embassy, and NASA representatives in Tokyo.

"I commend every member of the organizing committee for their outstanding planning and months of preparation and coordination with representatives from all four military services, numerous U.S. Government offices, and several host nation organizations.  We are extremely proud of this anniversary and our students. I also wish to acknowledge the support from the administrators, teachers, counselors, and parents whose dedication and commitment serve as the foundation of success for these young adults," said Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director, DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam.

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