ABERDEEN, S.D. – A Northern State University Upward Bound student
will learn about scientific research at home and abroad this summer as a Davis-Bahcall scholar.
Zachery Crandall, a senior at Britton-Hecla High School, is one of nine students in South Dakota selected for the Davis-Bahcall Scholarship Program.
Named for physicists Dr. Ray Davis and Dr. John Bahcall, the five-week, all-expense paid summer-study program is intended to spark an interest in and promote the exploration of science among South Dakota students. Crandall and his fellow scholars will study at the Sanford Underground Laboratory, learn from world-renowned scholars and researchers, and even travel to research laboratories in Italy. The program, sponsored by 3M and the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, runs July 7-Aug. 4 this year.
Crandall, who is from Lidgerwood, N.D., is the son of DeVaar and Valerie Crandall. He attended the NSU Upward Bound Summer Program last summer, where he took courses in math, science, reading/writing, Spanish, computers and art.
“I had a great time living at NSU during the Upward Bound Summer Program, which helped to prepare me for college life and be more outgoing in everything I do,” Crandall said.
He received top academic honors at the program, meaning he was voted the top student by instructors at the end of the summer.
“I have been working with Zach as his Upward Bound counselor for the past three years at Britton-Hecla High School and at the NSU Upward Bound Summer Program, and in that time he has grown tremendously as both a student and as a leader,” said Phil Coghlan, Upward Bound academic coordinator at NSU. “His accomplishments are a result of his hard work and dedication to academic excellence, and we here at NSU Upward Bound could not be happier for or more proud of him.”
Crandall also participated in South Dakota Boys State last summer, where he held various offices and was a member of the esteemed Boys State Band. His future plans are to attend the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, majoring in chemistry.