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July 8th, 2010
San Marcos High School student attends 2010 Governor's School

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The University of North Texas in Denton hosted the 2010 Texas Governor’s School in June.

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Armando Arzola, a student at San Marcos High School, recently returned from the Texas Governor’s School, which took place June 6-26 on the University of North Texas campus in Denton. Arzola was one of 100 teens selected to attend the learning camp, which was sponsored by ExxonMobil Corporation.

The all-expenses paid camp seeks to encourage Texas students to study math and science with the goal of pursuing engineering careers. ExxonMobil paid for all campers to attend the three-week camp free of charge.

The students spent time conducting experiments in biology, chemistry and nanotechnology. They also went on a variety of field trips designed to encourage their interests in science, technology, engineering and math.

The program focuses on enriching and developing a student’s abilities in science and technology, as well as exploring the impacts of these fields on past, present, and future societies including ethics, history, and the arts.

“ExxonMobil supports programs such as the Texas Governor’s School in order to find positive, hands-on activities to reinforce the importance of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Truman Bell, senior program officer for education at ExxonMobil. “The three weeks these students spend at camp can have a life-long impact and possibly change the world in which we live.”

The focus of the 2010 Texas Governor’s School was “How Advances in Science and Technology affect our World.” The topics of the featured courses ranged from the sciences to enhancing their writing skills and developing college preparation plans.

The Texas Governor’s School was established by the Texas Legislature in 2003 and is open to students who have completed their sophomore years in high school.

ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. In 2009, together with its employees and retirees, ExxonMobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $235 million in contributions to improve basic education, combat malaria and other diseases in developing countries, and other charitable endeavors.  More than $112 million was dedicated to education.

The University of North Texas is one of Texas’ largest universities, offering 99 bachelors, 104 masters and 49 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized.

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