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Durham Academy Upper School – Durham, NC

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Howard (teacher): Howard has been a high school teacher since 1984. He has worked in both the public and private schools of North Carolina and Illinois. Howard’s teaching responsibilities have included Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, AP Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, and AP Physics. He has been a coach of football, basketball, track and golf during his teaching years and also has taught in and directed a math and science summer enrichment camp called the Summer Institute for the last 12 years. Howard earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology from Furman University and the University of North Carolina respectively. Before becoming a teacher, he worked for five years as a gold and uranium mineral exploration geologist.

Adam (student): Adam is a junior at Durham Academy. He is the middle child of a family of five, born and raised in North Carolina. He has an older sister who is a freshman at Williams College and a younger brother who is in 7th grade. Adam has three main interests that he pursues outside of school: Science Olympiad, drums, and running. He has participated on the Durham Academy Science Olympiad team for 4 years, two years of which the team has gone to the national competition. Adam’s passion has been the building events (Wright Stuff and Mission Possible) because he has always been enthralled by engineering, as well as science in general. Playing drums is a release for Adam from stress and a way to detach from the world and live inside the music for a while. Running has a similar purpose. Adam also has trained with his father for the Marine Corps Marathon, which they ran last fall. They will start training again this summer to run a marathon in December 2003. Adam’s family has always been very supportive of his interests as well as an integral part of his life.

Craig (student): Craig is an insatiably curious guy. His room is filled with books of all genres and on many subjects: novels of all sorts, Dave Barry, Greek philosophy, Dilbert comics, linguistics texts, books about diseases and epidemiology, poetry, the short stories of Philip K. Dick, science fiction, and general lowbrow escapist stuff. He wants to be a linguist and will be taking an immersion course in Chinese this summer for the fun of it. He competes every year in the Science Olympiad, he plays trumpet, and he participates in Model United Nations.