Kaden Brooks, a sophomore at Tri-West High School, will be a delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Mass., this summer. 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. Brooks was nominated by Dr. John C. Mather, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics and science and director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to represent Tri-West High School based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology. During the three-day congress, Brooks 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.

A teen from the Bronx is preparing to represent his borough on a national level. But it wasn’t easy to get there.

Victor Quezada was non-verbal at the age of 3 and was diagnosed with autism at age 5.

Quezada and his mother Yuselle Vasquez did not give up hope. As he grew, Quezada showed an interest in math and technology. Now, he even helps his classmates with math work.

The 10th-grader was recently selected to attend the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists this summer in Massachusetts.

Quezada hopes to turn his passion of math and technology and use it toward another love of his — video games.  He wants to make them when he goes to college.

Vasquez says her son is already getting letters from colleges like Hofstra University and Iona College.

She says the most important advice she could give other parents facing an autism diagnosis is to never give up.