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Beth-Center student interested in career in science

| Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004

Rebecca "Becca" White enjoys politics, journalism and humanities, but she will pursue the field of science when she goes to college next fall.

A 17-year-old senior at Bethlehem-Center High School, White has known for some time that she's most interested in science.

"I've always been into science," said White, who received first place in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science her junior year.

White, who is a straight-A student, plans to major in biology. She's already been accepted to the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. White has also applied to Albright College in Reading.

At Beth-Center, White is involved in the Model United Nations club, Academic League and Spanish Club. She's also president of National Honor Society and editor of the school newspaper, Bulldog Caller.

"I like doing articles," she said. "I like getting involved with the school and what's going on."

White enjoys her community service work with AP Recycling, which organizes school recycling efforts. Proceeds go to the school library.

This year she ran cross-country for Brownsville Area School District because Beth-Center does not have a team. White said she was recruited to run for Brownsville during her sophomore year when she was running track for her own school. She competed as an independent.

In addition to her clubs and activities, White works part time as a waitress.

Awards she has received include: Who's Who Among American High School Students for four years, the Zonta Award, Principal's Leadership Scholarship and Toyota Community Scholarship.

White is looking forward to college for the "freedom of being off on my own and meeting new people."

White lives in Fredericktown with her dad, James White, and her brother, Nathan White, 14, a freshman at Beth-Center. Her mother is Carol White.

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