New Hope High freshman to represent Miss. at national STEM conference

A New Hope High School freshman will travel to Massachusetts this summer to represent Mississippi in a three-day conference hosted for high school honors students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics.


According to a press release from the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, New Hope student Leila-Ann Butler will serve as a Mississippi delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. The press release stated she was nominated by Dr. John Mather — winner of a Nobel Prize in Physics and director of the national academy — for her high academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for 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,” Richard Rossi, executive director of the academy, said in the press release. “Focused, bright and determined students like Leila-Ann Butler are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”


The congress is set to be held June 29 through July 1 just outside of Boston and will feature talks from Nobel Laureates, National Medal of Science recipients and deans from some of the world’s top-ranking tech universities.