JHS Science Whiz Attends National Conference

Jaidyn Conyer

Jamestown High School senior Jaidyn Conyer had the experience of a lifetime this past summer when he was invited to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston as a New York state representative. He received an award of excellence from Richard Ross, the executive for the Congress, for completing the convention. Jaidyn heard from speakers such as: John C. Mather, Ph.D. winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, Robert M. Metcalfe, Ph.D., inventor of the Ethernet and also young scientists and innovators who are changing the world. The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists is a membership organization chartered to inspire and support all K-12 and college students who wish to devote their lives to the sciences and technology. The Academy provides full academic scholarships to attend the Congress.

“It was such a great opportunity to get recognized but it really did change my life,” Jaidyn said, whose family was also able to attend. “I met so many amazing speakers like the man who created Siri for Apple and the human calculator. It really motivated me and opened up all these possibilities that I can do anything I set my mind to and be successful. Everyone I talked to really wanted to support our dreams.”

Jaidyn has always wanted to become an astronaut and hopes to major in astronomy beginning at Jamestown Community College or through the U.S. Airforce.

“I have had that dream since I was little,” said Jaidyn. “I love science and have taken so many classes including Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics to help me reach my goal. But I also really enjoyed all my classes like AP Physics. I’ve also enjoyed my English classes. I love to write my own stories and I’m currently taking AT English, which will give me credits for college.”

Jaidyn understands that working hard is the best way to reach his goal.

“All of these classes and the Congress I attended encourage you to get a good education but also, that you have to work hard to reach your goals. It’s nice to go to place, which I had never been to before, and see role models in science that I can emulate. We are lucky that we have the JHS Academy of Natural Sciences and Resource Management. I’ve been actively involved in talking to freshmen about the opportunities in this academy.”

“A great man once said, ‘Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one,” Jaidyn said. “This man was Bruce Lee; these words spoke to me, it fueled my motivation to continue to work hard in life and strive for a great future I so hope to achieve. That’s why the honor to have been able to participate in this experience was such a great opportunity for me. It is time to reflect on my accomplishments as a student and leader of my community and make something great out of this potential, for myself, and the future.”