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Monday, January 24, 2022

Young Ocala student chosen for prestigious science scholars program

An 11-year-old Ocala student has been selected as a member of a prestigious World Science Scholars program.

According to a World Science Festival press release, the program is an initiative of the World Science Festival, and they have selected 48 young scholars with a talent for mathematics to make up this year’s class. Students between the ages of 11 to 17 are eligible.

Those students represent 16 countries, and the program provides them with an opportunity to examine the ways that mathematics can be used to solve complex challenges in a wide range of fields.

Ocala student Miguel Secillano was selected as a member of this program. Secillano has already taken several college-level courses, and he competed at the silver level in the USA Computing Olympiad.

In 2020, he also received the Global Child Prodigy Award which recognizes him as one of the top 100 child prodigies in the world.

Secillano is currently a 7th-grade student at Howard Middle School.

The chosen scholars for this program will begin a two-year process that includes advanced, self-paced course with interactive demonstrations, exercises, discussions, and video lectures. They will collaborate on projects, attend virtual lab tours, and interact with different experts and teachers in various fields.

The program is in its fourth year, and they have brought in a total of 150 students from 25 countries, with 74 active scholars and 76 alumni.