Astronaut nominates local student to attend program in Boston


Christian Joel Sanchez, (from Puerto Rican parents) and a junior of Dover High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts from June 28 to 30.

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 The congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology,  engineering or mathematics. The purpose of this event is to honor,  inspire,  motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.
Sanchez was nominated by American hero and astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to represent Dover High School and the State of Delaware based on his academic achievement 4.0 GPA, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.
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During the three-day Congress, Christian will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading scientific research; be given advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities; be inspired by fellow teen science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology. “This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, Executive Director, National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.
“Focused, bright and determined students like Christian J. Sanchez are our future and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him.”
The academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy plans to launch in 2014 and 2015 are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.
The academy was founded on the belief that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education plays a critical role in enabling the United States to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century and that we must identify prospective talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of vital careers.
Based in Washington, D.C. and with an office in Boston, Massachusetts, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to advances in society as scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.