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New Mexico student invited to take part in prestigious program

Morgan Aguilar
April 20, 2018 07:33 AM

 BELEN, N.M. - A New Mexico high school student has been invited to participate in a prestigious national program.

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 Nathan Ross has been attending Canon Christian Academy in Belen since third grade. Now a sophomore, Ross is already dually enrolled and taking classes at the University of New Mexico twice a week.

"I go here until 3:15 and then go there for my class at 4:30," said Ross, taking a brief break from class at Canon Christian Academy on his 17th birthday.

It is that kind of work ethic that get him impressive PSAT scores. They were high enough to catch the attention of several colleges, and the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. Ross has been invited to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.

It’s a week-long program this summer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ross will meet “fellow teen science prodigies” and Nobel Prize winners.

“It was overwhelming at first,” said Ross about the prestigious invitation.

The earned opportunity did not come easily.

"From a young age I was exposed to a lot of not so good stuff," said Ross.

When he was just five years old, his father, Paul, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He lived in a nursing home for several years and passed away exactly five years ago on Ross’s 12th birthday.

“That was a, I don't want to say struggle, it was a constant weight on us and it wasn't easy,” said Ross.

Nathan's Grandmother, Maralyn Hillman says Ross is wise beyond his years. He helps take care of his mother while staying motivated in the classroom.

“Where they were, to where they are now is just, it's just amazing,” said Hillman.

Ross hopes to keep his talents in New Mexico. He’d like to attend New Mexico Tech University, and become an engineer. It’s a path he’s sure would make his father smile.

“My mom always tells me if he was here he'd be really proud of you and the things you're doing and I think he'd be proud of me,” said Ross.

He’ll head to Massachusetts on June 29th.

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