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WVHS senior lands prestigious Mars Generation award

on February 5, 2018

Feb. 5, 2018 – Warwick Valley High School senior Jacqueline Grundfast has been named among The Mars Generation’s “24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space.”
Twenty-four students, age 13-24, were recognized, including 13 young scientists from the United States, three from Canada and one each from Australia, Brazil, Kosovo, Nigeria, Thailand, Turkey and Uruguay.

A  female high school senior in a grey sweat shirt and a younger student read a book about space together.

Senior Jacqueline Grundfast was named one of The Mars Generation’s “24 Under 24.”

“We were impressed by the sheer volume of nominations for our first year of ’24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators’ award. Young people with backgrounds and resumes from artists to scientists, and entrepreneurs to engineers were featured in the submissions,” The Mars Generation said in a statement. “With so many talented students from around the world nominated, our judges were challenged to narrow the list to just 24. The 24 Under 24 will certainly inspire their young peers and encourage students in their communities to reach for their own ‘Mars.’”
The Mars Generation (TMG) is a volunteer-driven nonprofit with an advisory board that includes astronauts, engineers, scientists and professionals. The organization has served more than 10,200 students and adults from around the world through programs such as its Student Space Ambassador Program, Future of Space Outreach Program and Space Camp Scholarship. The organization aims to excite and educate students and adults about the importance of human space exploration and STEAM education to the future of humankind.
Here’s what The Mars Generation had to say about Jacqueline:
Jacqueline is taking her love of space and works hard to inspire her community to do the same. She established the Warwick Valley Central School District Astronomy Club, and she can be found judging STEAM Fairs in her district as well as teaching and mentoring young students in their research and science studies. This work inspired her to secure funding from her school district to build a robotic telescope for her community, promoting night sky exploration. In addition to doing a tremendous amount of outreach for her community, Grundfast still somehow finds time to be a high school student and a member of numerous national scholar societies. We’ll be hearing more about Grundfast!

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