Reeder attends STEM leadership conference

James Reeder, a sophomore at La Junta Jr/Sr High School, attended the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts, in late June to early July.

James Reeder, a sophomore at La Junta Jr/Sr High School, attended the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts, in late June to early July.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics. 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.

James Reeder 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 La Junta Jr/Sr High School based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.

During the three-day Congress, James Reeder joined students from across the country and heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients talk about leading scientific research; was given advice from deans of 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.