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WINNERS of MARVEL’S THOR: THE DARK WORLD ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE ANNOUNCED

Thor: The Dark World

SEEKING THE NEXT JANE FOSTER! In Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Academy Award® winner Natalie Portman portrays astrophysicist Jane Foster, an independent spirit who follows her heart and journeys to a new world.

Disney announced the 10 winners in Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE, a nationwide STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics contest in conjunction with the November 8th release of the film starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman.

Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE aimed to empower girls 14 years and up, in grades 9 – 12, to embark on a journey to discover their potential and future in the world of STEM. Through the collaborative efforts of Marvel, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Dolby Laboratories, National Academy of Science, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Discovery Science Center, girls had the chance to go out into the real world and ask successful women in STEM fields about what they do, how they got where they are, and how others can follow in their footsteps. The process was designed to help students to understand who they are, and why learning from mentors can impact their futures.

A panel of judges from UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and National Academy of Science had the difficult task of selecting 10 winners out of hundreds of entries from all over the country.

Following are the 10 winners and where they are from, age, grade and school:

·         Abigail Clark, Cincinnati, Ohio, age 15 in 10th grade at The Seven Hills School

·         Andrea Polis, Plymouth, Minn., age18 in 12th grade at Wayzata High School

·         Anoushka Bose, San Diego, Calif., age 15 in 10th grade, home schooled

·         Ashley Smith, Flemington, N.J., age 15 in 10th grade at Hunterdon Central Regional High School

·         Aurora Hake, Lakewood, Wash., age 14 in 9th grade at Annie Wright School

·         Dina Benayad-Cherif, Lexington, Mass., age 17 in 12th grade at Lexington High School

·         Jerrica Li, Longmeadow, Mass., age 15 in 10th grade at Longmeadow High School

·         Jordan Taylor, Fairview, Tenn., age 16 in 11th grade, home schooled

·         Rachel Whitman, Canton, Ga., age 17 in 12th grade at Cherokee High School

·         Sydney Guillory, Chicago, Ill., age 17 in 12th grade at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

The winners of Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE will be coming to Southern California for a week provided by UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Dolby Laboratories, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Discovery Science Center. The Ultimate Mentor Adventure will allow the girls to meet some of the most incredible women in science, conduct interviews, participate in experiments, take part in interactive events and go behind-the-scenes where the general public is not normally invited – all while having their adventure filmed. On Friday, November 8th, the winners will conclude their excursion and be recognized at the Premiere Screening of their Ultimate Mentor Adventure documentary short. The video short will be shown at the El Capitan Theatre prior to a screening of Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD in Dolby® Atmos™ on opening day.

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.

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