BOOTHBAY – Bigelow Labratory for Ocean Sciences recently hosted 16 high school students from around the state during its 14th annual Keller-Bloom Program.

Students taking part this year were Dru Bennett, Denmark, Fryeburg Academy; Bennett P. Greenwood, Harpswell, Mount Ararat High School; Ethan Hyland, Poland, Poland Regional High School.

Students enjoyed a five-day research experience, which took them to investigate tide pools in Southport and on a daylong research cruise to Wiscasset Harbor. They then had the opportunity to work with Bigelow scientists in laboratories examining samples taken on the research cruise and identifying various phytoplankton, zooplankton and nutrients under microscopes.

On the final day of the program, students made presentations to parents, Bigelow trustees, staff and other invited guests.

Students who qualify for the program must be juniors in high school have excellent science and math backgrounds, answer an essay question and provide a reference from a current science instructor and one other recommendation.

Evening activities included a barbecue, hosted by Bigelow Laboratory, at Harborfields Resort in West Boothbay Harbor where students stayed during their visit, an evening at the YMCA and an Italian Feast held at Harborfields.

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