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EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--For the 25th time, high school juniors from around the state spent a week in residence at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine.

The students work with scientists collecting samples, conducting lab experiments, analyzing data and presenting scientific findings.

At the end of the week, the students present their findings to parents, elected officials and members of the media.

The Keller BLOOM program began in 1989 when two young scientists, Maureen Keller and Clarice Yentsch and a Bigelow Trustee Jim McLoughlin conceived the idea. The original name of the program was BLOOM, but it was renamed in honor of Keller who died in 1999.

It has now hosted more than 400 students. All have gone on to college. Seventy percent major in math or science. Half have majored in science.

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