COVINGTON— Shalomi Malit, a 10th-grader at Eastside High School, will be a delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Mass., on June 29 through 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.
Malit was nominated by the winner of the first Google Science Fair, Shree Bose, academic director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to represent Eastside High School and the state of Georgia and receive the Award of Excellence for Technology based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.
During the three-day Congress, Malit 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 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 Shalomi Malit are our future, and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”
Malit said she is proud to represent Eastside High School, her family, and her native Blaan tribe of Amgu-o, South Cotabato, Philippines.
Malit has received a scholarship from the Congress of Future Scientists and Technologists to attend the three-day event and receive this prestigious award, but travel costs are not included. A gofundme page has been set up to cover travel costs for the family to Boston www.gofundme.com/shalomi.
The academy was founded on the belief that science, technology, engineering and mathematics 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 it is important to 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, 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.