Five McAllen students from Rowe High School in McAllen were among 100 talented teens chosen to attend the Texas Governor’s School June 6-26 on the University of North Texas campus in Denton.

Sponsored by Exxon Mobil Corporation, the all-expenses paid camp encouraged Texas students to study math and science and consider pursuing engineering as a career. The students were Peter Alvarez, Juan Avalos, Brenda DeLeon, Benjamin Garcia and Alyssa Zapata.

At the camp, students spent time conducting experiments in biology, chemistry and nanotechnology. Participants also enjoyed experiencing college campus life and went on a variety of field trips around North Texas designed to encourage their continued study of science, technology, engineering and math.

“ExxonMobil supports programs such as the Texas Governor’s School in order to find positive, hands-on activities to reinforce the importance of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Truman Bell, senior program officer for education at ExxonMobil. “The three weeks these students spend at camp can have a life-long impact and possibly change the world in which we live.”

This summer’s theme, “How Advances in Science and Technology Affect Our World,” focused on a wide range of topics in the sciences and their impact on society. Students also took courses aimed at improving their writing skills and developing college preparation plans.

The program was established by the Texas legislature in 2003 and is open to students who have completed their sophomore year in high school. Applicants are required to submit an application form, provide a letter of recommendation, write a personal essay and submit school transcripts. Applicants are processed through the 20 Educational Service Centers in Texas.

In addition to the Texas Governor’s School, ExxonMobil is committed to encouraging science, technology, engineering and math education and careers among the state’s teens. Included in the company’s programs are the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science camps, offered at six universities in Texas; the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair that draws students from across the state to compete with science and engineering projects; and “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” Day, which is designed to attract middle school girls to careers in engineering.