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Wednesday, 28th January, 2015

Sixteen-year-old Chanelle Burrowes will become the seventh local to attend the prestigious United Space School later this year. Sixteen-year-old Chanelle Burrowes will become the seventh local to attend the prestigious United Space School later this year.

By Darrin Manuel

Broken Hill High School student Chanelle Burrowes will reach for the stars later this year at the United Space School in USA.

Each year the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health and BHHS selects one girl from years 9 to 11 to act as Australia’s ambassador at the space school. A boy is also selected from Perth.

They then join other students from about 20 countries across the globe at the school in Houston, Texas.

During their stay they will participate in various activities, including planning a mission to Mars and visiting NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Chanelle has a keen interest in science, and said she was “very excited” about her journey.

“It will be great to learn all the different things, and just have an experience that you can’t really get out here,” she said.

“There will also be lots of different cultures with all the people attending, so it will be exciting to meet them all.”

The only downside to the trip is the cost, which is expected to be around $6,000.

Chanelle said she would try and offset some of the expenses by holding fundraisers in the coming months.

BHUDRH Community Development Officer Kathie Naden encouraged any locals who could help to dig deep and support Chanelle in what will be an experience of a lifetime.

Individuals, businesses or community groups wishing to lend a hand can make donations at the BHHS front office.

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