300 8th grade girls attend MSJC for a day

The annual AAUW Math & Science Conference teaches young girls about careers in math and science
 
About 300 8th-grade girls from Banning and Beaumont attended Mt. San Jacinto College for a day to learn about careers in math and science.
 
The youngsters arrived on Thursday, Jan. 12 for the American Association of University Women’s annual Math & Science Conference at MSJC’s San Jacinto Campus.
 
Dr. Dennis Anderson, MSJC’s vice president of instruction, welcomed the youngsters and encouraged them to start thinking now about attending college.
 
“The future is yours, ladies,” he said.
 
The girls heard from motivational speaker Amber Jazairi Price, a documentary film maker, and broke out into sessions to get a hands-on feel for various careers. Cheryl Hayashi, assistant professor at UC Riverside, presented information in biology. Patty Romero, from American Medical Response, shared career tips in the emergency medical services field. Kathleen Springer, senior curator in the Division of Geological Sciences at the San Bernardino County Museum, helped the youngsters understand more about seismology. Linda Hanley from the Bank of Hemet talked to the girls about jobs in the financial sector.
 
Other presentations covered conservation, nursing, forensic science and more.
 
Kristina Rush, 14, of San Gorgonio Middle School in Beaumont, said she learned how to “de-poison” a snake, among many other science and math related things.
 
“I got a lot out of it,” Kristina said. “I want to go to college and help animals.”
 
Pass area educational leaders attending the event included Banning Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Lynne Kennedy , Dr. Barry Kayrell, superintendent of Beaumont Unified School District,  Assistant Superintendent Dr. Maureen Latham and MSJC trustee Eugene Kadow.
 
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About 300 girls from Beaumont and Banning middle schools listen to speakers encourage them to get careers in
math and science during the Jan. 12, 2012 Math & Science Conference at Mt. San Jacinto College.
 
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San Gorgonio Middle School students (from left to right top row) Jessica Kelly, Julyvia Almada, (bottom row) Melody Rose and
Kristina Rush share a moment of camaraderie during the Jan. 12 Math & Science Conference at Mt. San Jacinto College.