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Marny Skora
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RELEASE : 06-037
NASA Recognizes High School Aeronautics Research Efforts

High school students from across the globe have shared their vision of the future of air transportation with NASA and some of its researchers who are responsible for developing cutting edge aviation technology.

For four years, NASA has sponsored an aeronautics competition for high school students to encourage them to study science, engineering, mathematics and technology. This year, students were asked to research and submit presentations on transportation and mobility, past, present or future.

The Fundamental Aeronautics Program of NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate received 40 entries from 77 students representing high schools, science clubs and home schools in nine different states and two foreign countries.

Winners included teens from Virginia, Iowa, Minnesota and Massachusetts. Honorable mentions went to students from South Africa, Virginia, Michigan and New Jersey.

First place honors went to:

  • Justin Smith, Elicia Tate, and Shawn Trent, a team from the Holton Governor's School in Abdingon, Va.
  • Matt Kruse and Jacob Monat, a team from Kee High School, Lansing, Iowa
  • Toni Monat, Kee High School, Lansing, Iowa
  • Mark Galligan, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Va.
  • Matt Sullivan, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Va.
  • Stephan Sutton, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Va.
  • Matthew Payne and Tucker Ward, a team from Lourdes High School in Rochester, Minn. Barbara Hernon, Mount St. Joseph Academy, Brighton, Mass.

Each of the winners' schools received a $400 award, made through a cooperative agreement with Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. All participants received a certificate from NASA, a letter encouraging them to continue their studies in science, engineering, mathematics and technology, and a copy of a recently NASA-published book, "Innovation in Flight."

NASA researchers judged the student papers on research content, creativity, writing and organization. Winners were selected based on the quality of their paper as compared to the others submitted this year and in previous years.

For information about the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, visit:


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