Recent Holy Trinity graduate to embark on deep-sea expedition

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Holy Trinity graduate, Catherine Gale, pictured with science teacher Krystyna Plut, will be among the students and educators from across the United States who will embark on Dr. Robert Ballard’s ship of exploration.

GRAPEVINE, TX -- Recent Holy Trinity Catholic School graduate, Catherine Gale, 14, will be among the students and educators from across the United States who will embark on Dr. Robert Ballard’s ship of exploration, the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus as it explores the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea this year.  Thanks to the JASON Project science curriculum that has been used at the school since 1998, Catherine has been selected as one of 14 JASON National Argonauts and will join the expedition from August 15-22 as the Nautilus transits from the Bahamas to Grand Cayman.   

Catherine and other Argonauts will join the ship’s Corps of Exploration—an international team of scientists, engineers, students and educators exploring geology, biology, archaeology and chemistry—and will participate in live, interactive webcasts with shore-based audiences during the expedition. The 2013 expedition can be followed in real-time at www.nautiluslive.org and at the Nautilus Live Theater at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn. The work of the Argonauts aboard the Nautilus will be featured through blogs, photos and live events at www.jason.org. 

JASON Learning, an education partnership between National Geographic Society and Sea Research Foundation, was founded by Ballard and is an internationally acclaimed, exploration-based program that links students—inside the classroom and out—to real science and scientists through technology intensive, inquiry-based curricular experiences. JASON reaches 2 million students a year, and general audiences of over six million. Its programs are used in every U.S. state and in over 170 countries. 

“By joining this expedition as a JASON Argonaut, Catherine will serve as a role model to millions of students and educators worldwide,” said Sea Research Foundation President & CEO Dr. Stephen M. Coan. “We are fortunate to have her join this year’s Corps of Exploration.” 

Catherine attended Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine from kindergarten through eighth grade and shared her excitement about the upcoming expedition. “I think this will be an incredible experience.  I’m really looking forward to working with the scientists and other Argonauts.”   

The JASON Project, part of the academic excellent programs at Holy Trinity, was brought to the school by fourth and fifth grade science teacher Krystyna Plut when she joined the staff 15 years ago. Amidst an enriched and challenging environment within a prayerful, inviting Catholic community, students like Catherine, who study JASON “really get excited about science and have gone on to pursue careers in science and engineering,” said Krystyna Plut. Catherine is the third student from Holy Trinity to be selected as a JASON National Argonaut. 

To learn more about Holy Trinity Catholic School and its programs, please contact the school office at (817) 421-8000 or visit the website at www.holytcs.org. 

 

GRAPEVINE, TX -- Recent Holy Trinity Catholic School graduate, Catherine Gale, 14, will be among the students and educators from across the United States who will embark on Dr. Robert Ballard’s ship of exploration, the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus as it explores the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea this year. 

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