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Sajid Khan, a Clermont Police Explorer and 9th grader at Lake Minneola High School, was nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston this week.

The Congress is an academic honors-only program with strict requirements for high school students who are passionate about science technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate, and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be a scientist and technologist, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Khan was nominated by American hero and astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists (NAFST), to represent Lake Minneola based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.

Khan also received a personal letter from Florida Governor Rick Scott, congratulating Sajid for his accomplishment in realizing his full potential as a student. The governor honored Khan for representing the State of Florida in this prestigious event.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Sajid for as a part of the Explorers for more than a year now" said Lt. Rene Castro, who is also the Agency Lead Explorer Advisor.

"Khan is an intelligent, capable and personable young man. I feel confident in saying that he is capable of handling any situation with thoughtfulness and maturity. Khan is a very respectful, dependable young man, and I feel very proud of him for this accomplishment. His Explorer mates have praised him as well, and I see him having a bright future in anything he puts his mind to."

Through the Explorer program, Khan participates in agency ride-alongs, community and city events and has assisted with many other Explorer tasks. He has spent summers working with the police department as well as time during school vacations, after school and weekends.

"He is usually the first one to volunteer for our events" Castro said. "He has completed almost 100 hours of community service to the citizens of Clermont."

Sajid Khan was nominated to the Congress
of Future Science and Technology Leaders
Clermont Police Explorer
Clermont Police Explorer Sajid Khan attended the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. He was nominated by former astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, based on his STEM achievements. (Courtesy photo)


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