Mass Academy's Karen Mendelson Earns American Academy of Achievement Award

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science senior Karen Mendelson of Worcester, Mass., has been selected to attend the 1999 Salute to Excellence and Banquet of the Gold Plate awards in recognition of her excellence in science. Sponsored by the American Academy of Achievement, the program brings together 50 adult leaders and 500 outstanding high school honor students from across the country June 17-20 in Washington, D.C. Mendelson has received an all-expenses-paid sponsorship.

Mendelson also attended the 1998 Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm. She won the trip after competing in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In addition she received $16,000 in scholarships from the Glenn T. Seaborg Nobel Trip Award.

Mendelson has been an intern in the department of immunology and molecular biology at University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. She is deciding among college offers from Princeton (her current top choice), MIT, Yale and Brown University's Program in Liberal Medical Education, an eight-year medical school continuum.

The Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science, located on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus, is a public high school for students in grades 11 and 12. It offers a rigorous and project-based curriculum for students with exceptional aptitude in math and science.