SULPHUR, La., June 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- With the help of CITGO Petroleum Corporation, the Ocean Exploration Trust brought live ocean interactions to Sulphur Regional and Carnegie Memorial Libraries the month of June 2018.

Exploration Vessel Nautilus

"Since 2014, CITGO has proudly sponsored the opportunity for local educators to embark on this exciting adventure," said Jerry Dunn, Vice President and General Manager of the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery. "The invaluable knowledge and experience they gain has a direct impact on their students and we are proud to help facilitate these journeys."

During the events, Barbe Elementary teacher Terri Miller connected with the audience in real time from the Exploration Vessel Nautilus to share her experience in the Pacific Ocean. In the half hour before the live transmissions, 2017 CITGO Ambassador Katherine Gertz engaged the audience with accounts from her previous voyage on the E/V Nautilus.

"It is because of the opportunity granted to me by CITGO and OET that I am able to inspire young children to wonder and explore the world in which they live. Before long, they will be the next generation of explorers, engineers and scientists," said Gertz.

The Ocean Exploration Trust (OET), founded by RMS Titanic ship wreck discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard, is brought to Southwest Louisiana by CITGO to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education within our communities. As part of this mission, Miller was named CITGO STEM Teacher of the Year and is the 2018 CITGO Ambassador for Southwest Louisiana. 

The Nautilus Ambassador Program invites educators from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas and Lemont and Lockport, Illinois aboard the E/V Nautilus to participate in ocean research while the ship transits between scientific exploration cruises. Ambassadors gain exposure to ocean science and technology as they map the seafloor, shadow onboard scientists and observe remotely operated vehicles dive below the surface. 


CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit





Barbe Elementary Teacher, Terri Miller

Child asking Terri Miller questions during live interaction