During my time in high school, I was able to participate in various professional experiences related to my field of interest (entomology). Including, but not limited to, starting an entomology club, leading a survey of a state park, running a symposium at Entomology 2021 conference, receiving a scholarship to attend bugshot Florida 2019 (which ended up getting postponed due to covid), and winning various awards for different aspects of my intended career. The following page showcases some of these experiences.
LHS Entomology Club
Back when I transferred to legend during my sophomore year of high school, I wanted to create a club where I could study entomology with my friends who were interested in entomology. I started by asking my science teacher, Josh Morris (who was semi-interested in entomology as he was into fly fishing) if he could sponsor our club. He agreed, so the other 5 founding members and I started the club (you can find more about them on the LHS Ento Page).
As I learned more about entomology we started planning and doing more events, we did a few things, including:
Insect Macro Photography
Black Light Nights
Insect Biology Lessons
Insect Trap Construction
and Collection Sorting
Later we had to adapt to COVID and online/hybrid models. To do so, we created a Discord and started doing expert interviews like this one:
As soon as we started returning to school for hybrid learning we began to plan and change our club again, this time planning a lot more actual activities outside of school, like hikes around Colorado, or larger black light efforts. We also started planning for the 2021-2022 school year, including a symposium at Entomology 2021 which was slotted to take place in Denver, Colorado. I applied for symposia and we were accepted and are currently in the process of recording an on-demand symposium.
In LHS Entomology Club, We also did a logo contest every year. Here are some of the ones that we used, I designed these 2. I couldn't find our first logo though, it was a composite of two others.
katydid on the black light
A pinned Darkling Beetle From AZ
A Box of Beetles, awaiting further sorting
Image I took for Insect biology lesson
Spreading a grasshopper from Sedalia
Picture of hemipteran in moss from photography demonstration
Excited Florescence photography from one of the summer activities
Example of one of the data sheets I adapted for the club
Spring 2019 Logo
Spring 2020 Logo
Survey Colorado Ants
I started this project to update colorado's documentation on ants, since no comprehensive literature has been published in around 60 years. So far I have invested over 1000 hours in, and led over 30 volunteers during the project, but it will be needing a lot more work to be complete. I have collected several thousand specimens for this project.
Eagle Scout project:
Ant Survey of
For my Eagle Scout Project, I surveyed the ants of castlewood canyon with the help of around 25 volunteers. Groups went and aspirated ants in various habitats. Then, LHS Ento and I sorted the collected specimens and their corresponding labels. I then digitally recorded all the data, and Identified all the species from each sample. Finnally I built and Installed a display & wrote a project overview
A Spreadsheet With the Data From All Collections During the Project.
NEXT Art Gallery CMU
My art was displayed at the NEXT high school art gallery at Colorado Mesa University. All 3 Submitted Pieces were accepted
Scholasitcs Gold Key
This Photo won a gold key at the 2020 Colorado Scholasitcs Art And Writing Awards
2nd Place In Overall Gallery
Displayed In Gallery
Displayed In Gallery
Scholastics Gold Key Winner
RMNSP HS Photography Awards
This photo was a runner up in the nature section of the Rocky Mountain School of Photography High School Photography Contest.
NWC Instagram Photo Contest
My Photograph was selected as a display Image in Northwest College Wyoming in their January 2021 Master the moment challenge
Winner, January 2021Display IMG
2019-20 Art Sophomore of The Year
In the 2019-2020 school year, I recieved an award from legend for my photography, I chose this image to represent that award.
Below are some of the places other than my website you can find my images:
Myrmecological news blog:
Getting inspired by aspiring young myrmecologists
World Of Insects Calendar
My Image here was selected to be a grid inset image in the Entomology Society of America's 2022 world of insects calendar.
To seek out further connections and learning opportunities in Entomology, I have visited various entomology collections around the US.
California Academy Of Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Texas A&M University
DMNS (with LHS Ento)
Symposium: Teens in Entomology
The LHS Entomology and I club are running a symposium at the Upcoming 2021 Entomology conference in Denver. We will be speaking about the lack of engagement for high schoolers in entomology and suggesting methods to get more teens involved.