Science: Sam Austin

High school: Allendale High School

GPA: 4.296 weighted / 4.000 unweighted

Parents/guardians: Cynthia Wallentine and David Austin

College you plan to attend: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Major: Aerospace engineering

Career plans: Aerospace engineer

Most influential teacher: Mrs. Rebecca Karnes


■Acceptance to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

■Founder, Allendale Rocketry Club­ Club created summer of 2015 to expose middle school students to the history, physics, and physical construction of model rockets and spaceflight

■National Merit Scholar

■I designed and built an inertial stabilization system (vertical stabilization) for model rockets last summer.

■AXA Community Achievement Award Winner AP Scholar with Honor

■President, National Honor Society Captain, Varsity Cross Country All­Conference First Team, Cross Country Robot Drive Team, FIRST Robotics