One of the delegates from South Dakota to attend the 2008 Gran Sasso-Princeton Physics Summer School. She has a strong math and physics background, an excellent choice for this camp. She was one of the applicants for the National Youth Science Camp, but she is very excited about this wonderful opportunity to be in Princeton instead! Her high school physics class touched briefly on many physics topics and they performed a few labs, but she is excited to delve deeper into specific topics this summer. She is really looking forward to gaining some more hands-on experience in the lab. She has worked mainly in the theory realm of physics, so she is looking forward to trying out the applied and practical side of things.
Sarah is a graduating senior at West Central High School at Hartford, SD. She will be attending South Dakota State University this Fall, majoring in Electrical Engineering. She wants to be an engineer because she loves logical thinking. She has always excelled in mathematics and she loves science. This year she took calculus, and she finds ways to apply what she has learned to nearly every other aspect of life. Originally, she had considered pharmacy until she found out how much memorization is involved. She has a hard time memorizing things, but she can solve a problem just by thinking through the solution logically. For this reason she believes engineering would be a good fit.
Nineteen years of age. Grey grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, with a few years spent on the Rosebud Reservation. He was home schooled from fourth through eighth, returning to public school his freshman year of high school at the Pine Ridge Indian school. After a semester he felt that he was not being challenged to any extent by the curriculum of that specific high school, so he transferred to another high school with a reputation of challenging its students to succeed in academic studies. The Red Cloud Indian school challenged him, pitted him against other talented students, forced him to create within himself a competitive spirit that has pushed him to go beyond a high school diploma and seek into the collegiate world of higher education. Taking the path of least resistance has never been his way, and he does not plan to change. And through this principal, he has decided to attend the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in the fall of 2008. The school of mines has always represented, to Grey at least, a place of studious learning, a place where a man is expected to push himself beyond the preconceived limits of his intelligence. And that appeals to him on many levels. After finishing his degree he hopes to go on to a future untenured by fear or anxiety at any daunting prospect.