RONCEVERTE, WV (WOAY)- This summer, Christian, a former 5th grade student at Ronceverte Elementary School, will join outstanding rising middle school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience, Pathways to STEM in Washington, DC. There will be mock CSI investigations, medical science simulations, robotics coding and leadership development.
Christian was nominated by his 5th grade Math teacher, Ms. C. Byers to attend this summer, where he will not only explore certain subject interests beyond the classroom, yet most importantly continue to develop leadership/social skills.
At the 5th grade graduation ceremony held, Tuesday, May 29, he earned awards for the following: All Star for outstanding behavior throughout the school year, Reading Excellence for outstanding performance in the area of Reading Language Arts, Recognition from Mrs. S. Byers for his STEM participation, Citizenship Ribbon, 5th Grade A Honor Roll in recognition of earning and maintaining a 4.0 GPA for the 2017-2018 school year and Ronceverte Elementary School Straight A’s 2018 Plaque for maintaining a 4.0 or above GPA each six weeks consecutively in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Christian has the best times hiking and going off grid adventure exploring in nature with his mother and friends.
He enjoys traveling and meeting “new friends” from all walks of life, playing video games and always learning on tutorials. “Never surrender, never give up” is one of his mottos. Christian is fascinated with science and wants to become a Molecular Paleontologist. He will recover and take DNA samples from ancient species (specifically Megalodon to prove their life existence), bring specimens into a controlled environment lab and create a habitat that would allow growth and sustainability of new species. He is super excited to see the White House in real life! He will visit The Vietnam Veterans Memorial (as his grandfather is a Vietnam Veteran-Navy), US Nay Memorial Plaza, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and The Smithsonian-National Museum of Natural History’s Discovering a Lost World Exhibit.
After Christian’s grandfather unexpectedly passed away last year, Kerry Collins, a fellow retired Law Enforcement Officer for the State of Florida, and family friend, contacted his local chapter Warriors Veteran Outreach of Murphy County, North Carolina regarding Christian’s nomination. Both Mr. Collins and WVO of Murphy County helped support Christian’s DC STEM endeavors by providing his down payment fee.