LAHAINA - Lahaina resident Zeb Mehring, who just completed ninth grade at Seabury Hall, received the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's NEST (Network of Educators of Science and Technology) outstanding student award.
The NEST award was created to promote and reward student interest in science and mathematics, and to encourage "science activism" - science presentations in a public forum. The awards are based not solely on students' scholastic achievements, but on the students' outreach into the school and community and their passion for science.
Mehring was recommended for the NEST award by Seabury Hall biology teacher Sherri Reed because of his extracurricular work in science.
Mehring's time travel presentation at the Pacific Symposium for Science and Sustainability was selected as his group's winner. Additionally, he has spent the last two summers taking summer science courses at Johns Hopkins University and Yale University. After being nominated, Zeb was then endorsed by NEST member and MIT alumni Philip Blackman.