Meet the 4 Maine middle schoolers who won the BioME summer science camp scholarships

These future scientists will have an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with like-minded peers and an enthusiastic and dedicated staff who share their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Due to the current health crisis, the Maine School for Science and Mathematics Science Summer Camps have been cancelled this season. All 2020 BioME scholarship recipients will have the option to attend this camp in the summer of 2021.

We are happy to announce that BioME is funding 4 scholarships in the form of 1-week-long summer science camps at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone, ME. All 4 awardees attend schools that participated in ME Bioscience Day 2019.

ME Bioscience Day is a state-wide event where Maine scientists visit local middle schools to talk with students about their career and the opportunities that are available in science based careers. The next ME Bioscience Day will take place in November 2020.

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics Summer Science Camp program provides an opportunity for campers to exchange ideas and discover new and exciting opportunities as they delve deeper into these subjects, which ignite a desire to pursue careers in these fields. MSSM inspires young minds to pursue their favorite subjects through innovative and interactive classes and outdoor activities.

2020 MSSM science camp scholarship recipients

Jenna Rice

Jenna will be an 8th grader at Falmouth Middle School this year. She loves to learn about advanced concepts and crazy topics that are out of this world. She’s especially interested in space and hopes to be an astrophysicist. She’s also an avid singer; in her school chorus, a cappella choir, and advanced choir, and she also loves to write songs with her guitar. She plays on her school’s Quidditch team and participates in Dungeons and Dragons club.

Alden Hughes

Alden will be an 8th grader at Cape Elizabeth Middle School this fall. He has loved science his whole life, especially life science and physics. He also enjoys the performing arts, including playing the fiddle for 9 years, the flute for 3 and participating in the school musicals. In addition, Alden participated in the Southern Maine Middle School Honors Festival for chorus. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking and swimming. Science and social studies are his favorite school subjects. He is excited about this incredible opportunity to participate in this MSSM summer camp.

Aidan Pickreign

Aidan Pickreign enjoys reading physics books and likes to play Lacrosse. He likes to read and will spend hours reading in his room. Aidan has always wanted to be an astrophysicist working for NASA. In his free time, Aidan enjoys riding his horse or hanging out with his gecko. He also likes to play his trombone and plays in a band for his school.

Hannah Grohman

Hannah will be a 9th grader at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine in the fall. She loves writing, reading, and science. Her fiction writing has appeared in a publication by The Telling Room in Portland. Hannah also enjoys being outside, running, biking, cooking, and eating well. She trains at The Sellam Circus School in Biddeford, Maine, and practices the aerial silks

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