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CONTACTS: ALLISON MC CARTNEY, THE NEWARK MUSEUM 973-596-6638 / [email protected] JERRY ENIS, HERBERT GEORGE ASSOCIATES (732) 446-5400 / [email protected]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

THE NEWARK MUSEUM CELEBRATES GRADUATION OF 11 SCIENCE EXPLORERS

NEWARK ­ Eleven members of The Newark Museum Science Explorers, all graduating high school seniors from Newark, Jersey City, Irvington, Elizabeth and Colonia, were honored by the museum's science department during a special ceremony on June 18 at 4:30 p.m. Founded in 1994, with the help of a grant awarded through the YouthAlive! Project funded by the DeWitt Wallace Readers Digest Fund in partnership with the Association of ScienceTechnology Centers (ASTC), The Newark Museum's Science Explorers program is now sponsored by PSEG. This program has evolved into a highly successful college and job preparedness program that provides at-risk urban high school students with invaluable education, employment, and mentoring opportunities. Since its inception, almost all graduating Explorers have continued their education. Explorers are recruited at the end of their high school freshman year, and actively participate in the program until their high school graduation in senior year. The program is designed to provide the students with as many academic experiences as possible including opportunities to attend art and science workshops in such fields as glassmaking, pottery, geology, chemistry, ecology, genetics and forensics. The Explorers provide invaluable assistance, especially to younger children, in many of the museum's science education programs. Seven of the graduating Science Explorers are Newark residents. The Newark graduates, their high schools, the schools they plan to attend in the Fall and their projected majors are: Gloria Hernandez, Science High, attending Purdue University for Liberal Arts; Nikita McIntyre, Science High, attending Rutgers University for Criminal Justice; Stephanie Figueroa, Science High, attending Fort Valley State University Atlanta Georgia as a double major in Forensic Pathology and Instrumental Music; Gisel Nunez, Science High, attending Rutgers University for science; Abrina Hillson, University High School, will attend Rowan College as a Public Relations & Business Marketing major; Alexandra Sarabia, St. Vincent Academy to attend the College of New Jersey for Biology; and Judith Enwere, Arts High, to attend William Paterson University for Accounting.

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Other graduating Science Explorers are: Claudia Herreros of Elizabeth, Elizabeth High, to attend Rutgers University for Biochemistry; David Dort of Irvington, St. James Preparatory School, attending New Jersey Institute of Technology for Electrical Engineering; Rachel Japa of Colonia, Science High School, attending Rutgers University for Early Childhood Education; and Lauren Small of Jersey City, University Academy Charter High School, attending Montclair State University for Biology.

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ABOUT THE NEWARK MUSEUM The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street in the Downtown/Arts District of Newark, New Jersey, just 3 blocks from NJPAC and 10 miles west of New York City. The Museum is open all year round: Wednesdays through Fridays, from Noon - 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. ­ 5:00 p.m., October 1 ­ June 30; and Saturdays and Sundays, from Noon ­ 5:00 p.m., July 1 ­ September 30. Suggested Museum admission: Adults, $9.00; Children, Seniors and Students with valid I.D., $6.00. Members are admitted free. The Museum Café is open for lunches Wednesday through Sunday. Convenient parking is available for a fee. For general information, call 973-596-6550 or visit our web site, http://www.NewarkMuseum.org. The Newark Museum, a not-for-profit museum of art, science and education, receives operating support from the City of Newark, the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State--a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the Prudential Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and other corporations, foundations and individuals. Funds for acquisitions and activities other than operations are provided by members and other contributors.

The Newark Museum is just a few steps from the NJTransit Light Rail Washington Park Station. Direct connection with the Light Rail at the Broad Street Station and through Penn Station makes the Museum a convenient ride from all points in the region.

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