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Lewis Hahn is spending part of his summer vacation getting wet, but not on the pristine Sicilian beaches, where he once lived.

The former Sigonella student is conducting field research on whales with world-renowned scientists in Massachusetts.

Though Hahn has a passion for ornithology (the study of birds), he wouldn’t pass up on the opportunity to be one of nine students to study marine life, he said in a June interview.

He is one of nine Student Argonauts selected from a pool of 45 applicants from across the globe to study for the National Geographic JASON Project.

He spent this week on an expedition at the Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts, researching ways to help restore whale populations, according to a JASON Project news release.

He is studying with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean Noise Specialist Leila Hatch.

The JASON Project, named for the Greek myth “Jason and the Argonauts” and their quest for the Golden Fleece, aims to entice students to learn about science and math through hands-on learning.

Science and math come to come naturally said Hahn, who just finished his eighth-grade year at Sigonella Middle and High School at the U.S. Naval Air Station Sigonella, in Sicily. He moves this summer to Zama High School in Japan.

“It just seems like it’s natural to me, observing and watching all the things outside. I just love it,” he said in June of his passion for science.

People interested in following the students’ research and studies can do so on the Internet at: www.jason.org.

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