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West Orange High School Student Accepted Into W.E.B. DuBois Accelerated Learning Academy at Princeton University

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange High School sophomore Daniel Aguilera will be attending the W.E.B. DuBois Accelerated Learning Academy at Princeton University for the first workshop of the program from Jan. 8-10.


The Academy is named for W.E.B. DuBois, world-renown historian, civil-rights activist, sociologist, author, and editor. He was the first African-American to earn a doctorate and was one of the founders of the NAACP.


Daniel will participate in the Medical Science Track program for tenth and eleventh graders. According to the website, "Medical Sciences encompasses basic sciences of medicine, medical specialties and other interdisciplinary fields dedicated to understanding animal/human health, as well as diagnosis and treatment of disease conditions. Although many challenges still exist, significant progress and advances over the years in medical sciences has improved human health, and we are now living longer. The medical science workshops provides an introduction to different areas of biology and science to provide a broader understanding of biological systems and advancements in science."


Aguilera will take classes in Genetic Engineering and Therapy, Cellular Biology of Cancer and Aging, and Medical Biotechnology and Applications in three workshops to be held in January, February, and April.


As an aspiring pediatrician, Aguilera is excited for the opportunity to participate in the prestigious program, which will be taught by faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), liberal arts, and research universities from across the country. He also attends the Instititute for Math and Science at WOHS.


Former attendees of the program include WOHS Class of 2020 Darlene Folas, who also received the 2020 Princeton Prize for Race Relations.


"We are incredibly proud of Daniel's acceptance into the W.E.B DuBois Accelerated Learning Academy," said WOHS Principal Hayden Moore.


"Our students have continued to excel despite the challenges brought by the pandemic," he continued, "and we know that Daniel will represent the Mountaineer community well."


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Cynthia Cumming
Jan. 1, 2021