ASHTON — Someone has to be the first.
Charles Mayes, 17, a junior at Hannan Junior/Senior High School, will be the first person from Hannan to attend the prestigious Camp STEM hosted by the West Virginia University Institute of Technology this summer.
From the time he was a kid, Mayes said he “liked putting things together” and “figuring them out,” plus he’s got a love of Mathematics. As he grew older, he parlayed that into an interest in engineering.
Mayes’ Principal Dr. Karen Oldham said Camp STEM offers future opportunities to students like Mayes who are interested in science, technology and math and this camp will also prepare him for the ACT which gets him closer to scholarships. Mayes wants to attend West Virginia University and he’ll need help getting there, like most students.
“Let’s make it happen,” Oldham said of getting Mayes closer to his dream, adding he’s been saying he wanted to be an engineer since the seventh grade.
There is an application process for Camp STEM - one Mayes obviously passed, which included his GPA and letters of recommendation. In addition, he received a $175 scholarship to attend the camp which cost $300 in tuition - the rest was paid for through donations, Oldham said.
“I hope to experience the field I’m going into,” Mayes said about Camp STEM. “I want to learn what I really want to be doing.”
“He’s an absolutely, amazing student,” Oldham said. “He’s a very positive role model, he’s self motivated, he takes good leadership roles, he gets along well with students and the community. He’s compassionate. He will never forget his roots. I’m excited he has this opportunity. He wants to stay in West Virginia and pursue his dreams in engineering, he’ll be the one to make it happen.”
In addition, Mayes was also chosen as one of 88 high school juniors from throughout West Virginia as U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice in a ceremony hosted by United States Attorneys Booth Goodwin, Southern District of West Virginia, and Bill Ihlenfeld, Northern District of West Virginia. The U.S. Attorney’s Ambassador for Justice program is an initiative co-sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia. It honors high school juniors who have shown outstanding leadership skills and a commitment to social justice.
Charles is the son of Lisa and Steven Mayes of Ashton.
(Note: This article is being reprinted due to the incorrect photo being used with the original story. The Point Pleasant Register apologizes for this error.)