Red Hook High student wins fiction contest

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Morgan Brailey, a senior at Red Hook High School, is one of three winners of an astrobiology science fiction short story contest sponsored by the New York Center for Astrobiology.

Brailey wrote the winning story as an assignment for an astronomy class taught by Yvonne Pierce. Over 70 stories were submitted to the contest by high school students from New York, Massachusetts and Vermont.

In addition to receiving a cash prize, Brailey will be recognized at an awards ceremony at Renssalaer Polytechnical Institute (RPI) in Troy in July, and she and Pierce will be interviewed on WAMC Northeast Public Radio for future broadcast on the show “Best of our Knowledge.”

The New York Center for Astrobiology, a member of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute Program, is headquartered at RPI and involves scientists from RPI, University of Albany, Syracuse University, and University of Arizona. The multidisciplinary team of scientists is working to better understand the origins of life on earth and on other planets in the Galaxy.

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