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Gig Harbor High student named aerospace scholar

A Gig Harbor student is headed to Seattle for the summer after being named a Washington Aerospace Scholar.

Annamarie Paganelli, of Gig Harbor High School, was selected to the program and will participate in a summer residency at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Paganelli is among 100 students who qualified for the Washington Aerospace Scholars Summer Residency program from 212 students who applied in November.

Washington Aerospace Scholars is a competitive educational program designed to connect high school juniors with educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through independent learning, hands-on interaction, professional guidance and site-based tours.

To qualify for the residency program, each student spent five months studying a University of Washington and NASA-designed online curriculum and have been selected based on their academic performance in these lessons.

Over the last nine years, 2,000 students have participated in the online distance-learning curriculum and more than 1,290 students have participated in the summer residency.

Washington Aerospace Scholars will be accepting applications for students and teachers in early September for the next program cycle; visit museumofflight.orgwas to download an application. Participants must be high school juniors, United States citizens and Washington state residents.

Teachers must be currently practicing, Washington state-certified educators, and must also be U.S. citizens. The deadline for applications is early November.

For more information, please contact Washington Aerospace Scholars at 206-764-5876 or