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ASCENDSM fellows and members of the Gamma Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority visited LIGO in Livingston during a field trip on May 20. Pictured are, front from left, Amari Fenroy, Courtney Hall, Kyleigh Hankton-McCurry, LIGO tour guide Kathy Holt, Makayla Ridgley and Tyteyonna Rayford; and back, ASCENDSM Co-Chairwoman Rachel Vincent-Finley, Aniyah Hulbert, Aerial Fields, Gamma Eta Omega President Gwendolyn Thomas, Gamma Eta Omega Vice-President Micheline Millender, Dailynn Thomas, Morgan Tucker, Tiffany Lewis and ASCENDSM Co-Chairwoman Alrica Payne.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority brought its ASCENDSM program participants to Livingston on May 20 for a tour of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.

LIGO is a large-scale physics experiment and observatory to detect cosmic gravitational waves and to develop gravitational-wave observations as an astronomical tool, a news release said.

The group included 10 local high school students and 10 members of Gamma Eta Omega Chapter, who toured the control room, asked questions of the scientists and explored STEM exhibits on measuring space and time.

ASCENDSM, a college and career readiness program, seeks to instill academic, career and character building skills in male and female high school students.