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Professional Experiences

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:

Collection Hikes

Insect Macro Photography

Black Light Nights

Pinning Classes

Insect Biology Lessons

Insect Trap Construction

Data Management

Pitfall monitoring

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



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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.

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I Completed AP photography, Recieving a 5 on my investigation on ants and human's reliance and effect on them, to learn more about the investigation, click below.


Eagle Scout project: 

Ant Survey of 

Castlewood Canyon

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.


Photography Awards/Recognition

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.


Runner Up

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:

Carebara longii

my work appears on various antweb pages.

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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.


Collection Tours

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.