Local student receives Award of Excellence and Leadership at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Christian Oliver, a senior at Atlanta High School, was a delegate to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Mass., last summer. He is the son of Marwin and Carolyn Oliver.
The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students from across the country who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).
He was nominated to represent Atlanta by the first winner of the Google Science Fair Shree Bose, who serves as the Academic Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.
During the three-day Congress, he joined students from across the country and heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading scientific research, was given advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities, was inspired by fellow teen science prodigies and learned about cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology.
“This is a crucial time in America when we need more nimble-minded and creative scientists and technologists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, Executive Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Christian Oliver are our future and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him.”
Oliver said, “I was grateful for this opportunity. It was truly a great honor and a great experience to represent myself, my school, and my parents, but in all that I do glory, honor and all praise goes to Christ.  God made it all possible. I look forward to the future plans that God has for me, for I know that are going to be great. There is nothing I cannot do with Christ on my side. Proverbs 3:6 says, ‘In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path.’ Thanks to those that have supported me in prayer, fellowship, monetary donations, or conversation. Your kindness will never be forgotten.”
All students attending the program must have a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) or higher to attend.
The purpose of this event was to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists, technologists, and physicians to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

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