Corbliss, 14, wins 2 MESA awards

Student achiever

October 16, 2002

The student: Collin Corbliss, 14

School: Mount Hebron High

Special achievement: Collin won two Math, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) awards from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Winners were drawn from middle-schoolers who participated in the MESA after-school program. He won awards for his contribution at his former school (Mount View Middle) and among all Howard participants.

How he describes the after-school program: The pupils were given a series of projects to do. "MESA was learning about engineering and math and science, and putting it all together for projects. At the end of the year, we made these projects and we had a contest with other schools to see whose projects were the best."

The types of projects he did: One was a mousetrap car. "We took a mousetrap and we would attach a wire to the end of it ... we would set the mousetrap off and it would pull the string and the string would spin the wheels and make it go."

His other interests: He runs cross-country, plays soccer and is active in his church youth group.

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