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Homeschooled senior a semi-finalist for National Merit Scholarship

11/06/09

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Like many high school seniors, Schatzi Jore is filled with plans for the future, but she might have a little more time to devote to her dreams than other seniors.

Jore, a semi-finalist for a National Merit Scholarship, has been homeschooled most of her young life.

"It's quite informal," she said of her schooling. "You're required to do a certain number of hours a day ... but if there's something going on from 9 to 2 I can do that and you can do schoolwork in the evening."

Now 18, she's pretty involved in her own schooling and her interests direct a lot of what she studies and what textbooks are ordered for her classes.

That independence gives her a lot of freedom to participate in different activities, too, like regional, state and international science fairs, where she has been an award winner all through high school.

"I do something new every year," said Jore. "Sometimes my ideas come from personal experience and sometimes they're just out of the blue."

During her sophomore year, Jore's science fair project was inspired by a personal tragedy. Her aunt and a cousin had been killed in a car accident. Jore invented the Vehicular Line Detection Alert System, a device that would set off an alarm whenever the car crosses the highway's center line.

"I was able to do that and it was pretty exciting," said Jore.

That project took her to the international science fair.

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