Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) senior David Garcia graduated from the Summer Academy of Mathematics and Science (SAMS) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in August. He had received a full scholarship to the program subsidized by the William Elliot Scholarship Fund. SAMS is a rigorous six-week experience designed to increase the number of outstanding students from diverse backgrounds who pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines at the nation's top colleges and universities.
In the program, Mr. Garcia earned college credit after earning an A in the course "Mathematical Foundations for Computer Science." He also participated in the Language Technology "Alexa Project." The project offered an opportunity to create a personality using Alexa Echo. The project was a team effort, integrating technical programming skills with design of user interaction and understanding of how conversations are constructed.
A Distinguished Honor Roll Student, Mr. Garcia is quite active at PWHS. He serves as a student representative to the Colonial Board of School Directors, is Treasurer of the Students Council, a National Honor Society member, an Anti-Defamation League Peer Trainer, President of the Computer Science Club and Competition Team, Captain of the Football and Wrestling teams and more.