KFHS junior heads to conference

Published 10:15 pm Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Suffolk high school student will join an elite group for a conference this summer.

King’s Fork High School junior Michael Hill was nominated in April to be a delegate at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. The annual congress will be held in Boston June 29-July 1.

The congress is an honors-only program for high school students interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. These STEM-passionate nominees must have a 3.5 GPA to qualify.

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“I’m excited,” 16-year-old Michael Hill said, “It just made me feel proud.”


Hill was nominated because of his “academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology,” according to a press release.

“I definitely worked hard,” Hill said. “I had to show something to get nominated.”

Hill will join students from across the country for the three-day conference. Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients will talk about the latest scientific research. The students will receive advice from deans of well-regarded technical universities worldwide.

Hill said he is excited about these opportunities and how they’ll help him with college applications.

“I’ll get more of an outlook of what the deans and the congress are looking for, and how they can help me have a good chance at competitive schools,” he said.

The academy offers services and programs that can help students and their parents with college finances, skills, internship, and career guidance. Hill said he received a scholarship that helped cover the costs of enrolling in the conference.

“That reassured me that I was going,” he said.

He said he is looking at colleges with STEM programs and strong science backgrounds. Science was always a strong suit for him, especially biology.

“The study of genetics and DNA, and how you can go so far in depth with cells and atoms,” he said. “How something so small can make a human being functional and unique.”

He is grateful to his friends, family and King’s Fork High School teachers who have supported him over the years and helped him get this far.

“I’ve had a lot of patient, dedicated people in my life to help me, and it’s finally paying off,” he said.