Faith student nominated for FSTL Congress

Travis Melton, an 11th grade student at Faith Academy of Marble Falls, has been selected to serve as a delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders (FSTL) in Lowell, Mass. June 29-July 1.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). 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.

Melton was nominated byJohn C. Mather, PhD, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and Science and Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to represent Texas based on his academic achievement, leadership potential, and passion for science and technology.

During the three-day congress, Melton 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, National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Travis are our future and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him.”

In addition to attending the Congress, Melton will attend the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) for Advanced Medicine & Health Care at Johns Hopkins University, June 18-27. At this challenging program Melton and other high school students will take part in a simulated patient encounter, diagnose a patient, and develop an optimal plan of care. They will also work together to develop a public awareness and social media campaign around a current topic in public health.

"I couldn't be more excited for Travis to be attending these exceptional summer science programs," said Elsa Benac, Faith Academy high school science teacher. "It's been very rewarding to watch him excel at STEM in the classroom, and I feel certain he'll succeed in all of his future plans in this area."

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