A LaFayette High School honor student with a knack for marine biology has been invited to attend the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
In January 15-year-old Pamela Pacheco was nominated for academic recognition as a delegate representing LaFayette High School and the state of Georgia at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders event at Harvard.
The highly selective national program honors academically superior high school students dedicated to careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).
Buzz Aldrin, retired colonel of USAF and NASA astronaut and science director, nominated her and penned the nomination letter to Pacheco.
The LHS sophomore has a 3.75 grade-point average and is heavily involved in school and community activities.
Melissa Rettig-Palmer, LaFayette High science chair, marine biology club advisor, and honors classes biology teacher, said Pacheco is a highly motivated, passionate and dependable leader and student. Pacheco is involved in numerous clubs at the school and is an officer in the marine biology club.
“She is a dependable leader,” Rettig-Palmer said. “She’s a really cool kid.”
Pacheco is part of the local Girl Scouts and involved in many community organizations, which include the Youth Leadership program at LaFayette-Walker County Public Library.
Pacheco exemplifies a model student and a future leader in LaFayette and Walker County.
Pacheco is asking the community to help her attend the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence at Harvard University by helping her raise the tuition for the program that costs $1,500.
The program, which has already passed its deadline for tuition, has given Pacheco a two-week extension to meet the $1,500 fee, Pacheco’s mother, Tania Pacheco said.
Citizens and interested parties who would like to help this young student of science reach her goal and attend her nomination are asked to please contact her mother at 502-889-6225.