Local teen to intern at NASA

May 15, 2010 7:36:16 AM PDT
A Fayetteville high school student will be spending his summer at NASA.Jack Britt High School student Jaevan Evans will take his first giant leap towards his future this summer by interning at NASA's Research Facility in Langley Virginia.

"Going to NASA this year is a big jump in my life, it's like a new beginning," Evan said.

The research facility specializes in engineering research. Evans says he knows he's in for eight weeks of intense instruction.

"I'll be researching all the machines there to see how they work, how they make them what they do," Evans said.

It'll be hard work, but he's got the grades and the drive. NASA says he's the only high school student from North Carolina in the summer program.

"I think it says that I have the dream and my eyes focused on what I want to do in life," Evans said.

The 16-year-old says he has stars in his eyes since he was 4-years-old.

"I just looked up one night and saw the stars and I dreamed I would go there one day," he said.

His focus has helped him excel not just in academics, but athletics too. He's a wide receiver on the school's football team and also plays varsity basketball.

To stay in shape while he's in Virginia, Evans will work out with former Washington Redskins defensive end Greg Scott.

"I think that if you keep your eyes on your goal and don't focus on anything else, I'm sure you will go far in life," Evans said.

The rising senior is shooting for the moon. Evans is already checking out colleges and plans to major in mechanical engineering.

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