Wareham teen shoots for the stars, earns science award

Tenth grade Kylah Fulton has been nominated to attend a STEM convention this summer
By Lydia Goerner | Jun 28, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Kylah Fulton, 15, is "super excited" to spend three days enveloped in talks about science from leaders in the field.

Kylah Fulton is over the moon about the opportunity she has received this summer, thanks to her interest in science and especially going into space.

Her passion for science and desire to work at NASA someday propelled the 15-year-old through ninth grade at Wareham High School, and now Fulton is being recognized for her hard work and high GPA.

Fulton has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston from June 29 to July 1. The event allows students from around the country to listen to and meet speakers, interact with other young people interested in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) and be acknowledged for their work, receiving the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence.

Fulton said she has always been interested in science and was curious about everything when she was younger. Now, she hopes to make lifelong friends with young people who will also be future leaders in their field.

“I’m most excited to meet the speakers and ask them questions,” Fulton said. Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, is one of the key note speakers at the event, along with many other current leaders in science and technology.

Fulton said she hopes to motivate other high school students to seriously pursue STEM. Wareham High School Principal Scott Palladino thinks sending students to the conference will do just that.

“I hope the students will discuss these experiences in their science and technology classes next year,” Palladino said.

Two students from Wareham High School are attending this year. Fulton will be joined by freshman Jasmine Black.

“This will give them an opportunity to see their studies in action,” Palladino said. “It will give them a real life experience of how they could further their studies in the area of science and technology.”

According to the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists’ website, high school is a critical time to engage students in STEM.

“We believe it is unacceptable that so many of America’s highest potential students never fulfill their dream of entering scientific or high tech professions because they lack resources, direction, self-confidence or guidance,” the website says. “This is especially dangerous at a time when our country desperately needs creative and integrative technologists and scientists.”

Fulton takes off tomorrow for this adventure. When she's not busy with academics, she participates in JROTC, is a student council representative and a member of the National Junior Honor Society.

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