Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Nobel Prize winner nominates PHS senior for science honors

Nobel Prize winner nominates PHS senior for science honors
Posted: Nov 12, 2017
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Drake Carroll, a 12th grader at Ponchatoula High School, has been nominated for the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.

The Congress will be held June 29-July 1, 2018 in Lowell, MA.

An honor’s only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), the purpose of the Congress 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.

Carroll was nominated by Dr. John C. Mather, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists to represent Ponchatoula High and the state of Louisiana based on his academic achievement, leadership potential, and passion for science and technology.

During the three-day Congress, Carroll will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients 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 nimble-minded and creative scientists and technologists who are even better-prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, Executive Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. “Focused, bright, and determined students like Drake Carroll are our future and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him.”

Drake is taking all honors and AP classes at PHS, and he is also dual-enrolled at SLU. After graduation, Drake plans to attend SLU where he will focus on biochemistry, specifically in the research of genetics and human DNA. He is the son of Michael and Stephanie Carroll of Ponchatoula, and his grandparents are Wanda and Doug Freeman of Pine, Roy Carroll of Abita Springs, Robert Seal of Crossroads, Mississippi, and Melissa Carroll of Pine.