The Siskiyou Branch of the American Association of University Women chose two outstanding 7th graders to attend the 2017 Science and Math Camp at UC Davis in July.

Asia Hendrix of McCloud Elementary and Jenni Heikura of Sisson School in Mount Shasta were selected to attend the week-long Tech Trek camp that features hands-on activities in math, science and technology.

Jenni is the daughter of Jerry and Amy Heikura of Mount Shasta. Asia is the daughter of Juana Gudino of McCloud.

An AAUW committee interviewed eight girls “with impressive academic qualities, from which they selected the top two students to attend Tech Trek, where they will learn from outstanding teachers and live the life of a college student for the week,” according to a news release from Siskiyou Branch AAUW Tech Trek Coordinator Joan Adams.

The camp includes core classes and labs taught by credentialed teachers and women currently engaged professionally in science, technology, engineering and math.

This year, AAUW-Siskiyou earned money through the Montague Balloon Fair coffee/donut concession and the recent afternoon Opportuni-Tea in Yreka to provide the $850 Tech Trek camperships for the two Siskiyou County 7th graders.

AAUW-Siskiyou states in its release that improved outreach to teachers led to increased interest in the camp. Middle school science teachers from throughout the county nominated 31 7th grade girls, and 19 girls completed the application form and wrote an essay.

Tech Trek camps, initiated by California AAUW in 1998 to promote increased interest in math and science and to broaden career choices for girls, have now expanded to many college campuses in more than 10 states across the nation. It is the mission of AAUW to break down barriers for women and girls by promoting education at all levels.

Last July, Myra Whipple of Big Springs School and Darby Banks of Scott Valley Junior High were selected to attend the camp.