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Cherokee County student selected to participate in NASA program

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A Cherokee County, Kansas teenager is bound for NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

While the Space Center offers a number of programs to teens, it's only the second year for the Women in Stem High School AeroSpace Scholars, or WISH.

A Cherokee, Kansas student has been one of the few selected for the program.

The program provides young girls an opportunity to work with female NASA engineers and interns doing hands-on projects.

Seventeen year old Lori Henderson is one of 84 girls accepted into the program, and the only one from the state of Kansas.

But Henderson did have to pay a price for the all expensed trip through hours of hard work.

"It was a lot of reading, it took hours each week to do a lot of the assignments and not a lot of people are going to want to sit in their room every night and do basic school work but I did and I got there," says Henderson.

She and the other students will help the NASA engineers and astronauts plan a route to Mars.

"I'm nervous," Henderson says.  "I'm really nervous, but I'm super excited."

The teacher that introduced the program to Henderson hopes her experience will inspire other girls in the area to apply.

"She's come from a small school, you know, it's like 'I can do this and other girls in this area should be inspired to try and do things like this also,'" says Susan Fiihr, the gifted facilitator at Southeast High School in Cherokee.

As of right now Henderson plans to me a math teacher but she says that may be subject to change.

The program is five days long and Houston is expected to take off for Houston this weekend.

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