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StarNews: New Hanover school board approves marine science academy



By: Pressley Baird

To Ashley High School teacher Sandra Cecelski, marine science is about more than "fish and whales and things." And with the creation of a new marine science-focused academy in New Hanover County Schools, she's going to help students dive into the subject.

Members of the New Hanover County Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal to open a marine science academy at Ashley High School in the fall of the 2013-14 school year. School officials say the program will strengthen the district's marine science offerings, give students a taste of college-level marine science work and, as program leader Cecelski put it, turn out "highly trained individuals to fill my mud waders."

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