Oakwood student honored for participating in STEM Congress

Dakota Drees
Oakwood senior Dakota Drees receives a certificate for her participation as a delegate to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.

OAKWOOD — On Wednesday, Dakota Drees, a senior at Oakwood High School, received her certificate for participating as a delegate to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts, this past summer.

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

Drees 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 Oakwood. The nomination was based on academic achievement, leadership potential, and passion for science and technology.

Drees met Mather and another student nominated by him at the STEM Congress at the end of June. The event honors, inspires, motivates, and directs the nation’s top students, aspiring to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream. After the event, they lay out a path, and plan, including resources, to reach their goal.

During the three-day Congress, Drees joined students nationwide to listen to presentations by Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients about leading scientific research.

The teens were also given advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities. They were inspired by fellow teen science prodigies and learned about cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology.

Drees wrote an essay about what she learned at the conference, entitled “Improvements of Science.”

Drees can now nominate another student from her school who meets the criteria to attend the STEM Congress.