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To boldly go where not too many other high school students have gone before

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Four high school students from Erie, Kansas learned today from NASA they are among 13 top finalists who are designing a cosmic radiation detector for a new spacecraft called Orion.

The goal of this project is to better protect astronauts from radiation.

Erie High School students Sabrina Graham, Madison Steenrod, Lorena South, and Ashlyn Taylor are among the finalists.

"I think some of the bigger schools, and ones focused on mathematics and sciences and other places like that would be it.  We just did it sort of for fun and to learn about the project," says Ashlyn Taylor.  "It was nice to have our friends and family from the school be able to come here and watch us.  And knowing that other people were also watching us.  It is such a big thing!  I felt it was quite an honor just being in the top 13, so I was happy with that.  But to figure out we were in the top five, it was greater!"

"We have some pretty good materials, so I think we have a pretty good shot," says Sabrina Graham.  

"To be one of the five finalists, that's like a dream come true for these girls, and for me," says Virginia Wolken, a teacher at Erie High School.

The students now get a NASA mentor to help them with the rest of the competition.  If their project is chosen, the students' names will be included on the spacecraft.

For more information on the competition, click here.
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