Fort Smith teen attends Advanced Space Academy, sets sights on Mars – Entertainment & Life – Times Record – Arkansas News

Fort Smith teen attends Advanced Space Academy, sets sights on Mars – Entertainment & Life – Times Record – Arkansas News

Noah Burgin is banking on someday being an astronaut and traveling to Mars, although he isn’t sure how his mother is going to react to his gravity-defying goal.

The 15-year-old son of Jennifer and Bradley Burgin of Fort Smith, Burgin is about to begin his sophomore year at Southside High School, and he already knows that he wants to spend his adult years working at NASA. He thanks his recent, “wonderful” experiences at the Advanced Space Academy program at the Huntsville, Ala.-based U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s official visitor center.

“The Advanced Space Academy program was a great experience for me,” said Burgin, who received a full-ride scholarship to attend the week-long Advanced Space Academy program. “It helped me overcome some of my fears, and it showed me that I can do things if I really want to do them.”

Burgin was selected to receive the program’s scholarship, as well as the special Hall of Fame scholarship and its accompanying Hall of Fame medal. The medal is awarded to a select few participants by Hall of Fame members, who are Space Academy alumni who went on “to do great things” in their respective communities, he said.

“That scholarship included an award packet that had signatures from astronauts, and I was able to get my picture with Hall of Fame members,” Burgin said. “It was a pretty cool deal.”

Burgin’s application for the scholarship included letters of recommendation from his eighth-grade science teacher, Amy Adams, and Captain Brad Kidder, public affairs officer for the Arkansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Burgin also had to write two…

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