Scotland senior delegate to science congress

Sekret McLaurin, a rising senior at Scotland County Early College High School of Laurinburg is a delegate to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, MA.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of the event is to honor and inspire students who want to be scientists and technologists

McLaurin was nominated by Dr. John C. Mather, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists to represent SEarCH based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science.

During the three-day Congress, McLaurin 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.

“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 Sekret McLaurin are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”

She is the granddaughter of Evelyn Sellers of Laurel Hill.

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who have the desire to learn more about their future in science or technology. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers include online social networks through which future scientists and technologists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by tech and science leaders; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

Based in Washington, DC and with an office in Boston, MA, 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.