Leavenworth High School sophomore Gabe Casmus has been nominated by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, science director at the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists to represent Kansas in June in Boston, Massachusetts.

Leavenworth High School sophomore Gabe Casmus has been nominated by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, science director at the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists to represent Kansas in June in Boston, Massachusetts.

1. Gabe, how did your nomination come about by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, science director at the National Academy of Future Scientists and what have you been nominated for?
I have been selected to represent Kansas as a delegate to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts.
I was nominated based on my academic standing, leadership potential, and my professed interest in, and passion for science and technology.  

2. What will be involved when you travel to Massachusetts to represent Kansas in June?
Delegates will have the opportunity to meet Nobel Prize winners and world leaders in science, and our nation’s most innovative and successful technologists and award-winning young inventors and scientists. We will observe and discuss state-of-the-art inventions with world-changing researchers, futurists and technologists.  

3. What was your selection for this honor based upon?
I was nominated based on my academic standing, leadership potential, and my professed interest in and passion for science and technology.  

4. What school activities are you participating in and what are your hobbies?
In school I participate in football, power lifting, and Junior ROTC and I also do community volunteer work.  
My hobbies are snowboarding, surfing, playing guitar, biking, and astronomical observation with my Dobsonian telescope.  I am passionate about physics, science, space and astronomy.

5. What do you plan to do after graduation and what career do you hope to pursue?
After graduation I hope to attend the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.  
I would like to become an aeronautical engineer or pursue a career in physics, science, or space technology/engineering.

— Rimsie McConiga