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Students Present Research at National Astronomy Conference

January 26, 2018 - Select Glencoe and Century students from John Gibbs’ afterschool Astronomy Club at Glencoe High School traveled with their advisor to the American Astronomical Society’s winter meeting in Washington, D.C., the week of January 8 to present the results of their research on determining the relative ages of eight young star forming regions. They have been working on their project since September with the support of Dr. Luisa Rebull from the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech. The partnership between Mr. Gibbs and Dr. Rebull has been in place for a number of years and provides a unique and special opportunity for the students. Because this was a conference for professional astronomers, there were very few high school students in attendance. One attendee even told Mr. Gibbs he was so impressed with the students and their presentation that he would never have known they were in high school if they hadn’t told him. Attending the conference were Keenan Myers from Century and Joy Sumner and Ben Sorensen from Glencoe. Other club members are Sierra Child, Wyley Criss, Emma Eakins, Grace Frey, Nate Gong, Madeline Moradi, Elie Robertson and Meghan Taylor from Glencoe, and Grace Strid from Century.