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COURT HOUSE - Ishika Patel, a junior at Middle Township High School, was selected as a New Jersey Governor's School Scholar for the 37th New Jersey Governor's School in the Sciences, hosted by Drew University.

According to a release, from July 12-Aug. 1, Patel will join other outstanding New Jersey high school juniors in a three-week program that combines science- and math-focused learning with intense college-level research. The scholars will participate in the program online instead of on Drew University's campus, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the traditional program integrates classroom learning with laboratory work and group projects, the modified format will ensure students receive the same level of experience and knowledge - using online resources rather than physical instruments. Students can also participate in evening discussion sessions, organized social activities, and a career panel.

"We are thrilled for Ishika and her selection into this program," said Principal George West. "She's an extremely hard-working individual and so driven. She has, without a doubt, earned this prestigious achievement, and we are excited to see the outcome."

Patel, like other state scholars, was nominated by her school to participate in The Governor's School of New Jersey. The tuition-free program is for accomplished high school students entering their senior year who have an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The objectives are to broaden the scholars' appreciation and knowledge of science through exposure to a range of scientific topics and scientists, and to introduce scientific research to the scholars via hands-on research experience in a student's area of interest.

"Being selected for this program is no easy feat," said Middle Township Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Salvo. "Ishika is an outstanding student, and she deserves to be among these scholars doing what she enjoys."

There are currently two programs available for students: the School in the Sciences, at Drew University, and the School of Engineering and Technology, at Rutgers University.