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Sam Rayburn High School – Pasadena, TX

Karen (teacher): Mrs. Karen Stocco has been teaching for more than 18 years both in the middle school and the high school. During her tenure as instructor, she has won the Pasadena ISD Red Apple Award for outstanding teaching, the Chemicals and the Environment Award for Science Teaching, the Texas Earth Science Teacher of the Year 97-98, and several grants, including the GTE/GIFT grant. NASA has played a part in her life for many years. She has done part-time curriculum writing for the ARES/JSC group since 1993. Mrs. Stocco also helps sponsor the FIRST Robotics team for Pasadena ISD.

Jenica (student): My name is Jenica. I am 17 years old and have pretty much grown up in Texas. But, in my junior year, 2nd semester, I moved up to Oklahoma for the remainder of the school year. I enjoyed my time there and learned a lot but also realized that you can miss Pasadena, Texas.

I have one brother who is 13 and I live with my mother. I don't have a job at the moment just because I don't have a vehicle to get myself around easily. I enjoy music, and photography is something that I am really interested in. I like to read novels and write poetry. In school, I have two classes where I am an assistant, English 4, Economics, and Business Communications.

Athena has brought many new and different outlooks on what I thought was just 'science stuff' and I have been able to interact and become more outgoing with what I know and learn. I love being able to tell children and adults about Mars and the rovers, and watch them as they indulge in the activities and ask infinite questions about what could happen.

Laura (student): I am 17 and a junior at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas. I'm currently involved in Thespian Society and am an Astronomy student. I had involvement in Golf and Swimming in the past. I would like to major in engineering. I plan to be on the Robotics team, participate in SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), and continue with Thespian Society.