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Westover student at space program

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Reginald Sherman, a Westover High School senior, is participating in the weeklong 2011 Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Sherman, who has been accepted to attend the University of Tampa in the fall, is among 238 students from 26 countries and 27 U.S. states chosen to attend the program, which is designed to build leadership skills and to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Designed in partnership with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy provides students with a unique opportunity to engage in sessions addressing current issues in science, technology and engineering.  The scholarship program is designed to develop their capacities through hands on challenges and build their leadership skills.

Sherman and his peers are engaging in interactive activities and workshops created to enhance their leadership fundamentals, including simulating jet-fighter pilot training; scenario-based space missions; designing, building and testing their own rockets; and meeting with top scientists, engineers, and former astronauts to reinforce core leadership competencies and provide them with first-hand accounts of professional experiences.

Honeywell and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center award the scholarships after a rigorous application and review process based on academic achievement and community involvement.  All junior and senior level high school children of full-time Honeywell employees are eligible to apply. Financial contributions from Honeywell employees help fund the scholarships, which include tuition for the week-long program, meals, accommodations and program materials.

Sherman is the senior captain of the Westover wrestling team and cadet executive officer (second in command of 180 cadets) at Westover. He plans to major in digital media and become an officer in the U.S Marine Corps.

Sherman has a $4,000 annual scholarship offer from the University of Tampa. His sister, Aubrey attends the University of Central Florida. She attended the Honeywell Presidential Classroom in 2008.

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