The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists is a STEM education advocate. This is why we have organized the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders — to meet students like Ashley Tapio, who have their sights set on a STEM field career. The goal of our Congress is to empower and equip students to pursue their passion through this annual event. Read on as we share Ashley’s story and her Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders experience.
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An Academic All-Star
Ashley is a high school student from Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. She is known for her remarkable academic performance, which earned her an academic all-star nomination. Her biology teacher, Troy Thompson, nominated her for this award.
Not a lot of students express interest and engage in STEM courses. That is why for Mr. Thompson, it’s refreshing to teach a student like Ashley who has the passion for it. He says that having a student like Ashley who is engaged in science courses is “pretty unique.”
As a student, Ashley knows how important it is to have a mentor, and that is the role Mr. Thompson plays in her life. She says that he encourages his students to focus on how they can apply their STEM skills.
Ashley is thankful that she has a passionate teacher to mentor her. For her, having the right guidance fuels her eagerness to learn.
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Ashley’s desire to have a STEM-related career goes back to her childhood. She revealed that when she was younger, she wanted to become a brain surgeon. “I thought it was the coolest thing in the world,” Ashley admitted.
Up until now, she wants to have a career in the STEM field. And that is how she crossed paths with the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Congress.
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Physicist and Nobel Prize winner Dr. John C. Mather signed Ashley’s nomination letter for the Congress. Her exceptional academic standing and interest in having a STEM career led her to SciTechLeaders. In fact, Ashley was her school’s representative at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.
Her experience at the Congress strengthened her resolve to pursue a STEM career. Professionals in STEM fields, prodigies, and inspirational speakers motivated delegates like Ashley. Each topic the speakers discussed cultivated the students’ interest in STEM fields.
Ashley made the most out of her time at the Congress by building her network of connections. She enjoyed interacting with top industry leaders in science and technology. And to top it all off, she also made new friends.
Ashley is eager to strengthen her connections and widen her network, which is why she is looking forward to returning to the Congress through the alumni open invitation.
Aspirations for the Future
Ashley is taking advanced placement courses and gearing up for her college application. As of now, her future plans include becoming an athletic trainer. She also wants to focus on concussion therapy.
She knows that her STEM education will put her in a good position to become an athletic trainer. Ashley says that she will “definitely take advantage” of the open invitation for Congress alumni. For her, the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders provides a great opportunity that must not be missed.
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With the right guidance and motivation, students can carve their own path in STEM fields. The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists is here to provide those. It’s also for this reason that the Congress exists. It is our mission to offer good opportunities for students passionate about STEM. And by doing so, we encourage them to pursue a career that can improve the lives of others.
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