From Space Camp in Alabama to building homes and working in a rural clinic across the globe, many Triangle youths have had exciting and enriching summers.
Here’s how some of them spent their time away from the classroom:
Working with patients
Srijan Mukherjee of Apex spent four weeks in Guatemala working in a rural clinic and visiting several homes.
Srijan, 16, a junior at Middle Creek High in Apex, and Trevor Cox, a sophomore at the University of South Carolina and a graduate of Panther Creek High in Cary, worked with animals and people as tjeu helped doctors with tasks, such as prenatal exams, vaccinations and taking blood pressure.
The program is coordinated by the Global Public Service Academies in collaboration with Duke University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The trip exposed the students to the health care field and allowed them to to improve their Spanish-speaking skills by talking to members of the community about how to stay healthy.
“The program offered a chance to get a feel for the health care industry early in ones life, while caring for others who are not as fortunate in resources and wealth as we are in this country,” Srijan said in an email. “We were able to do a lot of hands-on medical care while creating exploratory data to keep pace with our daily progress.”
Some of Srijan’s challenges included dealing with a 7.0 earthquake on his first day in Xela, Guatemala and the poor living conditions, he said. Srijan is the son of Srijib and Saswati Mukherjee.
Learn and Build
Hannah Campbell of Cary helped build a home in Macedonia as part of Habitat for Humanity’s International “Learn and Build Experience.”
The program seeks to provide 16- to 18-year-olds the opportunity to travel to a new community, become involved in Habitat’s mission and learn more about poverty and associated housing challenges.
About 80 students were selected to participate in projects in four U.S. states and Macedonia.
Hannah is a senior at Grace Christian School in Raleigh. She is the daughter of Kevin and Gayle Campbell.
Rithik and Rindha Sudhini of Morrisville were awarded scholarships to attend Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.
Rithik and Rindha submitted applications with descriptions of science experiments, an essay and three letters of recommendations. Only 30 percent of applicants received full scholarships.
Rithik,14, is a freshman at Green Hope High in Cary. Rindha, 11, is in the sixth grade at Triangle Math and Science Academy in Cary. They are the children of Sai and Aparna Sudhini.