Van Alstyne High School sophomore Sam Mosby was chosen for the coveted summer internship for Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Sciences to analyze NASA data from July 15-29 in Austin. The prestigious program is sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium, with students selected for participation from a national pool of candidates.
The internship will take place at The University of Texas at Austin in the Center for Space Research, where students will collaborate with scientists and engineers to research data from NASA satellites observing the earth. Researchers will also analyze Lunar Exploration and Mars habitat data design.
Mosby said he was excitement for the program, adding that his parents have encouraged him to try new experiences each summer. This has led to Mosby participating at an engineering camp at the United States Naval Academy, an internship in Congressman John Ratcliffe’s Sherman office and a language immersion program to learn Arabic in Amman, Jordan.
The SEES press release stated that out of the 600 applications received, 40 students were selected for internship positions for the two weeks of summer research. The selection process is competitive, with the chosen students receiving the opportunity to conduct hands-on field investigations and activities, as well as attend presentations hosted by NASA scientists and engineers.
Mosby’s interest in engineering began when he attended the United States Naval Academy camp the summer after seventh grade. As a junior, Mosby said he anticipates becoming a military officer and engineer.
“Applying to the SEES program was definitely the right decision for me, as the camp will allow me to gain hands-on engineering experience through NASA,” Mosby said. “I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity.”y.
Mosby’s parents, Bo and Laura Mosby, sent their gratitude to Jeremiah Johnson and Debbie Fine, the VAHS principals, for their encouragement and academic leadership, as well as counselor Gretchen Madison. Madison worked with Sam Mosby to build a school schedule that accommodated his accelerated math and sciences classes.
“As a family, we are thankful for my teachers at VAHS, who have both challenged and encouraged me to pursue my goals,” Sam Mosby said.
Mosby joins VAHS senior Cage Sawyers, who recently received the Coca-Cola Scholar, as an outstanding VAISD student with a bright future. Principal Jeremiah Johnson praised the dedication and perseverance of the students on behalf of the VAISD.
“We are so proud of both Cage and Sam on their accomplishments,” Johnson said. “Both Cage and Sam went through an extensive process to be chosen for these prestigious awards.”
In addition to his dedication to academics, Mosby is also a student athlete. He plays both baseball and football for VAHS and is president of the Bass Fishing Team. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and the VAHS Student Council.