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Whiz Kid: Eastside Catholic Student Earns Spot in Prestigious Aerospace Internship

Sammamish's Tyler Eiguren will take part in the Museum of Flight's Summer Residency, learning from professionals while planning a mission to Mars.

Each week, Sammamish Patch will seek suggestions from readers for individual kids, youth groups, teens, and even sports teams who wow us with their accomplishments.

For the week ending Friday, July 1, we congratulate an student - Tyler Eiguren for his academic accomplishment.

Name, age: Tyler Eiguren, 17

School and Neighborhood: Tyler just finished his junior year at Eastside Catholic and he lives in Sammamish. 

Accomplishments: Tyler has earned a spot in the Washington Aerospace Scholars summer residency session. Two hundred ninety applicants completed 10 online sessions developed by NASA. Of those, 160 were selected to take part in the residency.

“I was excited when I found out,” Tyler said.

During the six-day summer residency at the Museum of Flight four teams of scholars will work with professional engineers and scientists to develop a plan for a human mission to Mars.

In addition to working on the Mars project, scholars will have a chance to learn from aerospace professionals, compete in engineering challenges involving model rocketry, robotics and more, and tour various engineering facilities.

Tyler says he’s looking forward to the experience and that he hopes to learn new ways of thinking about things from the experienced professionals he’ll be working with.

Key to awesomeness: a 4.0 student who lists math, science and Spanish among his favorite classes, Tyler has long had a love of engineering and the aerospace industry.

“I’ve always been interested in aerospace and aircraft,” Tyler said. “I hope to be an aerospace engineer.”

Though he still has his senior year to go, Tyler has already begun planning for college. He is considering the University of Arizona and Embry Riddle University, also in Arizona. Both are very good school, but Tyler also has an affinity for the region, having been there several times.

“I love Arizona,” Tyler said.

Tyler has enjoyed his time at Eastside Catholic School and is looking forward to his final year there.

“I love the school,” Tyler said.

While at Eastside Catholic, Tyler has been involved with DECA, Campus Ministry, the National Honors Society, and has served as a student ambassador.

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