Nobel-prize winner selects Crestwood student for STEM honor program

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A Nobel Prize winner has selected Crestwood High School junior Kimberly M. Mosquero as a delegate to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. The program takes place from June 29 to July 1 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Congress is an honors program for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, and it recognizes top students in the nation who desire to be scientists and technologists.

The program also assists the students in accomplishing their STEM-related goals after the event.

John C. Mather, a Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist and science director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, said he nominated Mosquero to represent Crestwood because of her academic excellence, leadership and interest in science and technology.

While at the Congress, Mosquero will engage with students nationwide, listen to prestigious award winners discuss scientific research and learn about technology advances as well as the future of science and technology, according to a news release from the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.

She said she is most excited to learn new information about the field she loves while there.

"I was inspired to pursue a career in the STEM field because I've always loved computer work and designing, so I can do both things all at once," Mosquero said.

James Curry, Mosquero's former integrated business apps teacher, was not surprised to hear about his student's success.

"(Kimberly) was pretty much an advanced student," he said. "I remember her finishing assignments that took the rest of the class a week in a day."

Curry added that she was recruited in the Virtual Enterprise International course and became the Chief Technology Officer of the school's firm in just her second year of high school.

Mosquero said she knows the program will possibly help her get a scholarship, be admitted into a good college and get her a good job, and she said that having a career in a science and technology field is important to the progress of the world.

"It helps with everything in the environment," she said.