Thirty-eight students from 10 area high schools have been selected for the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program. The prestigious program for academically talented junior and senior high school students has enrolled 89 participants – the largest number in its more than 25-year history. Participants come from the St. Louis metro area, as well as Pennsylvania, Arizona, Illinois and even Greece.

Local students accepted into the 2014 STARS program include: Sangeeth John from CBC; Jason Chen, Joshua Kazdan, Olivia Long, William Meng, Nina Muddasani, Charles Sansone, Tara Suresh, Michelle Tang, William Wolfe and Katherine Yee from John Burroughs; Rebecca Liu and Stephanie Strothkamp from Westminster Christian Academy;