DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Julia Tomlinson and Tory Sanders are meeting for the first time, but this summer they're going to see a lot more of each other as these talented seventh graders will join an elite group of 200 students from public, private, and parochial schools from across the country that are taking part in the STEMPrep program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
"I felt great and I was surprised," said Tomlinson. "I thought it was just a program to help me in school, but I never thought it was in Texas, actually I thought it was here."
"It feels awesome," Sanders said. "In a smart way."
Both students survived a rigorous screening process, and in June will begin a six week residential program that will continue their path of success.
It's quite a success story for the first year of Dayton Public Schools STEM Collaboration, which feeds talented elementary students from Rosa Parks, Westwood and World of Wonder into Thurgood Marshall's advanced STEM Project.
Community members are donating money and supplies to the survivors of a fatal fire in Kettering.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory until Saturday at 7 p.m.
After months of construction, the GE EPISCenter will finally open at the new River Park Drive location off Patterson Boulevard.
Sidney fire officials said there may not have been working smoke detectors when an apartment building burned late Thursday night.
Kettering police named their newest officer Thursday in a special ceremony.