Trenton Cashwell recently spent three days in Boston, Mass., that will forever have a huge impact on the young teenager’s life.
Cashwell, a student at Sampson Early College High School, was selected to be part of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders by the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. The selection came from a nomination made by Cashwell’s teachers and guidance counselor.
“It is truly an honor that I was selected out of all the other students at my school,” Cashwell said. “I don’t have the best grades, but I always work hard to be a leader and be involved in leadership in some way.”
The selection to attend the national conference is based on academics and leadership qualities that are exhibited in school and the community. Cashwell was the only student from his school selected to take part in the opportunity.
“This was a great opportunity,” Cashwell said. “Being able to meet the different people and visit another state has been nice.”
During the three-day conference, Cashwell said he was able to attend lectures given by prominent business leaders, such as the developer of Siri on smartphones, as well as professional football players, young business leaders and motivational speakers.
“I was given the chance to meet and hear some really amazing speakers,” Cashwell shared. “It was nice to hear those speakers and realize what they have done and what I can do.”
Since his acceptance, Cashwell said he received a letter from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory congratulating him on his accomplishments.
“On behalf of the State of North Carolina, it is a pleasure to congratulate you on being accepted into the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, by The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists,” McCrory letter reads. “Your family, friends and teachers must be extremely proud of you, and it is my privilege to join them in commending you on a job well-done.”
As a student, Cashwell is a member of the Student Government Association, Key Club, National BETA Club and Fellowship of Christian students. At the end of this last school year, Cashwell was given the title of Academic All-Star because of his grades, where has has earned the ranking of fifth in his class.
The sophomore finished the last semester with all As in his classes, and upon graduation in 2020, he will have earned an associate’s degree. After graduation Cashwell said he plans to attend a four-year university and major in something related to science or engineering.
“Trenton is a very hard working student,” his mother Rachel Aikens said. “He always tries to lead and set a good example for everyone else.”
As a member of Clinton Family Worship Center’s choir and Sacrificed Arts Ministries, Cashwell stays busy outside of school. In December, he will travel to Atlanta to be inducted into the Society of High School Scholars, which is also based on academic success.
“I really owe these great opportunities to my teacher, Mr. Lewis,” Cashwell said. Lewis was his eighth grade math teacher.
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