On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Macon County students Richard Harry, Bethany Reid, and Kendrick Rodgers from Macon County spoke to the Appalachian Regional Commission at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Huntsville, Alabama.
The students participated in the 2012 ARC/Oak Ridge National Laboratory High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute, a two-week residential program using state-of-the-art equipment and hands-on instruction. They discussed research conducted during the institute and how the experience contributed to their intellectual and personal growth.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is the ARC states’ co-chair for the current year, and he, along with federal co-chair Earl Gohl, congratulated the students for their participation in the Oak Ridge Institute. Dr. Jeff Schwartz of the ARC introduced the students.
Parents Thomas and Terri Huffman, grandmother Olivia Read, and Dr. Mark Wilson, Director of Civic Learning Initiatives in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and coordinator of ARC-sponsored projects, accompanied students at the meeting.