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Two Freshmen to Serve as Texas Delegates to Exclusive STEM Congress

ClaraGrace Pavelka, Writer

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Enlarging Calallen’s repertoire of nationally recognized students, Parker Tinnel and Austin Thompson were both presented a certificate of recognition from The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologist. Congressman Blake Farenthold personally presented the certificates to the students on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in the High School Auditorium.

According to Congressman Farenthold, The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technology is a membership organization started in 2014 to inspire and support all K-12 and college students who wish to devote their lives to the sciences and technology.

The conference will be at the University of Massachusetts on June 29 through July 1. The gathering will consist of high-achieving high school students aspiring to be the next generation of science and technology leaders, who will have the opportunity to listen and converse with National scholars, scientists, professors, and possible Nobel Prize recipients from the STEM field.

The students were either chosen by high school counselors, teachers, or members of the national academy.

“I was kind of surprised. I really did not expect it, but it sounds like a really cool opportunity and I am happy that I am able to do it,” Thompson said.

Both recipients are current freshman who have an interest in the STEM program.

“I’ve always had an interest in science because I’ve had excellent teachers throughout my schooling, though I am also interested in becoming a lawyer,”  Tinnel said.

Austin Thompson is excited to have this extraordinary opportunity to further his education in STEM fields, and help him decide his career.

“I haven’t narrowed it down completely, but I want to do something in astrophysics or biology,” Thompson said.

Thompson plans on attending the conference, and Tinnel is still deciding.

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