Granada Hills Charter High School senior Matthew Nelson was selected by American astronaut Buzz Aldrin to attend the annual Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders coming up June 29-July 1 in Boston. Nelson will join Nobel Prize winners and chief executive officers of leading technology firms at this historic gathering that introduces high school students to inventors, professors, futurists and other scientific professionals.
A member of the class of 2016 at Granada Hills Charter and an aspiring aeronautical engineer, Nelson was chosen for the honor because of his high tests scores in science and math along with his responses to college surveys indicating his desire to work in a scientific field.
“For me, attending this congress is about meeting groundbreaking innovators and learning about their failures and successes,” says Nelson. “I want to ask them how to approach college and how to transition smoothly into a scientific career. I plan to stay in contact with them for mentorship and advice.”
The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists holds the event annually to honor, inspire and motivate the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists and encourage those students to stay true to their dream. After the event, the Academy provides a path and resources to support the students in reaching their college and career goals through the network of professionals who attend the congress.
Nelson is looking forward to this summer event after completing his rigorous course load that includes Advanced Placement classes in English literature, calculus, physics and U.S. government. He enjoys taking the stage in his drama class and learning how to wire an electrical outlet in his Introduction to Construction class at Granada Hills Charter. The youngest of four siblings, Nelson is also nominated for the Posse Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship that will be announced in February.