Valley Oaks Charter School student Edmond McGinley invited to represent California at congress of leaders in late June
If you ask any high school freshmen the age-old question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, you’ll their answers will likely run the gamut. A doctor, lawyer, pro athlete, the list could go on and on. An audio engineer isn’t a likely response.
But if you ask Valley Oaks Charter School freshman Edmond McGinley that’s exactly the answer you’ll get. In his articulate and soft-spoken manner, Edmond explains he has his sights set on pursuing his two passions — music and science — in his future career path.
“I love playing the piano,” he said. “Music is the way I express myself, my emotions and feelings about things.”
Edmond originally wanted to become a world-renown pianist, but over time, he has become equally interested in the science of sounds — recording, mixing, editing and sound reproduction. His dream is to graduate from a university like Stanford, which is known for its Music, Science & Technology program.
Because of his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology, Edmond has been invited to be one of California’s representatives at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, a nationwide honors program, which will take place Boston, Massachusetts.
Edmond will join students from across the country over three days in late June to hear Nobel Prize and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading scientific research, be given advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities, be inspired by fellow teen science prodigies, and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology.
“I hope to advance my knowledge of science and learn how I might approach making my music and incorporate it into science in the future,” Edmond said.
According to the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, which organizes the congress, the event is meant is to honor, inspire, and motivate the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists.
“Focused, bright and determined students like Edmond are our future and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him,” said Richard Rossi, executive director of National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.