John Michael Grunseich, a junior at Bellevue High School, has been selected to participate in NASA’s Texas Aerospace Scholars Program this summer.
John Michael will travel to the Johnson Space Center in Houston in June to spend six days working with NASA mentors, touring the space center, and completing team activities related to aerospace engineering.
Grunseich began his journey in the fall when he began a process of completing ten “modules” on different things ranging from gravitational forces to developing a Mars colony. After completing these assignments, the program selected a smaller group of students who excelled in the program to come to the space center this summer. This experience will come at no coast to the student or his family.
The program, designed through Oklahoma State University, is geared towards the STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — movement in schools and universities.
With an increase in STEM careers in the U.S., the program is designed to promote students through a process that introduces them to avenues they can explore in related fields.
“John Michael is the type of student who takes full advantage of every opportunity available to him. When we introduced him to this program in the fall he took it and ran with it,” said Michael Qualls, Bellevue High School math teacher. “We are very proud of him, and look forward to him bringing back knowledge and skills that he learns from his experience. We are very proud of John Michael and what he represents for our school.”
John Michael is the son of John and Margo Grunseich of Bellevue, and plans on pursuing an engineering degree after graduation.