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HSTA kicks off summer institute

Jul. 15, 2012 @ 11:27 PM

HUNTINGTON -- When the summer academy director David Cartwright asked a roomful of 110 ninth-grade students how they were doing Sunday afternoon just before dinner, the quiet and anxious students got a little help from the back of the room.

"Wonderful -- yeah," Marshall University student, Michael Hamner said with a cheerleader-like yell over the crowd.

Hamner has been there, enjoyed that and is back to help out when it comes to Marshall University's Health Science & Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute that kicked off late Sunday afternoon with a dinner at the MU Memorial Student Center.

An 18-year-old MU student majoring in respiratory therapy, Hamner of Huntington said being fresh out of HSTA, he wanted to be a college counselor to share his knowledge of the college with the younger students.

"I think definitely I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for HSTA," Hamner said. "It was a great financial help and exposed me to the science fields and other areas I hadn't explored."

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