Dreyfoos valedictorian Stefan Wan placed in the top 10 of the nation’s most prestigious science competition earning $40,000, but the Wellington resident isn’t planning on the big spending spree that many people his age might enjoy.
What are his plans for the kind of money that many Americans don’t make in a year?
Books and tuition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wan said
It’s not that exciting, but that’s fine with Wan. He just loves science, and he is happy he made it that far in the Regeneron Science Talent Search in Washington, D.C. after winning local and state competitions in environmental science, and placing second in an international contest.
“It’s just a really humbling experience to be over there with the 39 brightest minds in America just having fun (with) science,” he said.
His project was a way to remove algae-causing phosphate from water and re-use it as a fertilizer for plants. He accomplishes that using biochar, a plant-based form of charcoal, and said it could be specifically useful on dairy farms.
Wan, who was a second-place finisher in Wednesday’s prestigous Pathfinder Scholarship awards in the science competition, didn’t actually get into science until high school.
Before diving head first into the world of environmental science, he was more of a math whiz.
He earned the name of “Mr. Math” from his fellow students and his calculus teacher Olive Bryan called him one of, if not the brightest math…