Achievements: Area youths honored (July 16)

Brooks Neria, a senior at Carl Junction High School, recently served as a delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The congress is an honors program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The purpose of the event was 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.

Neria 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 Missouri based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.

During the three-day congress, Neria joined students from across the country and heard Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science recipients talk about leading scientific research; mentored by deans from the world’s top tech universities; was inspired by fellow teen science prodigies; and learned about cutting edge advances and the future of science and technology.