Registration is Live for HPHS Science Festival

Highland Park High School parents please don’t let your student forget to go to to preview speakers for the 10th annual HPHS Science Festival on Nov. 19 and register between now and Nov. 10 for presentations corresponding to their science and technology class periods.

New to the science festival is Dr. Jan Brunstrom-Hernandez, whose specialty is pediatric neurology and cerebral palsy. Speakers are usually introduced by Science National Honor Society students, but Brunstrom-Hernandez will be introduced by freshman Katherine Hall, who has cerebral palsy and is one of Brunstrom-Hernandez’s patients.

Brunstrom-Hernandez will speak to students about the most common childhood disabilities. She will ask students to imagine what it’s like growing up with cerebral palsy and how that would change their lives, their goals, and their dreams.

Returning again this year is festival founder and chemical engineer Marie McCoy. She and a group of mothers created the festival under the direction of the science department to encourage students to take more STEM classes.

“There are professions out there in the future that we don’t even know about yet,” McCoy said. “But if you’ve got those good strong foundations of science and math, you’re going to be ready for the future.”

McCoy will speak about her remarkable career, which includes consulting on projects such as the highest pipeline in the world in Peru.

Organizers are still looking for parent volunteers to escort speakers throughout the day to and from their assigned classrooms.

Interested? Please email Kim Brannon and indicate morning or afternoon availability. Brannon will reply with specific times and information.

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