Adele Wilson

Adele Wilson holds two Certificates of Merit for academic achievement in the subjects of World Language and Science from the Claremore Elks Lodge.

At 16-years-old, Adele Wilson will be spending part of her summer break conducting field investigations, attending presentations by NASA scientists and engineers and working on various NASA missions. 

Wilson, who is heading into her junior year at Claremore High School, was selected for the Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) summer internship held at The University of Texas at Austin's Center for Space Research. She was one of 92 students selected out of a pool of 1,100 applicants. 

“I wanted to get in but I wasn't completely sure because of how competitive it was,” Wilson said. “Finding out was very shocking and so exciting.”

The internship utilizes data received from NASA's Earth observing satellites. The purpose of NASA's Earth science program is to develop a scientific understanding of Earth's system and its response to natural or human-induced changes and to improve prediction of climate, weather and natural hazards, according to a press release from the program. 

“It's very intriguing,” Wilson said. “I would like to continue that research and see how much we can know over these next decades and how we can improve and protect the planet.”

Wilson was accepted onto the astronaut photography team with five other students. The internship is sponsored by NASA's Texas Space Grant Consortium. 

“We are going to be analyzing NASA research and our objective is we are supposed to create a product that will go on the NASA website that will inform people about Earth,” Wilson said. 

As part of the Northeast Tech pre-engineering program at CHS, Wilson was building a digital portfolio for engineering teacher Lynn Steidley's class. Steidley said Wilson dug into the assignment and found the application for the SEES internship and applied right away. 

“She is just someone that is very unique,” Steidley said. “She takes the initiative to do things that others wouldn't do or wouldn't have the courage to do. She's well-spoken, she's smart, she's fun... I just can't say enough good about her.” 

Steidley said seeing a student like Wilson succeed is “like winning the lottery.” Wilson will be taking Steidley's aerospace class next year and will bring back knowledge that will be useful for the class, she said. 

“She is going to be a standout,” she said. “People are going to look at her and say, 'wow.' She's bringing a lot of life to the program and she will give it her all. She doesn't need any good luck from me because she's got it all under control.”

Wilson said being a part of the Technology Student Association really showed her the field of STEM.

“I've just had a passion for it ever since,” she said. 

Wilson said she doesn't have a set career in mind but wants to continue to peruse STEM and medicine. Whichever path she chooses, Wilson said the research UT Austin and NASA are doing is important. 

“I think it's really important because how much the Earth is changing with industrialization and C02 emissions and all these different things,” Wilson said. “It's important for us to have that knowledge of whats going on right now and how we can prevent certain things from becoming worse.”

Several people influenced Wilson, she said. She thanked her parents for encouraging her to work hard, her brother Edwin and sister Eva for being great role models and several of her teachers.

“I would also like to thank my engineering teachers, Mrs. Steidley and Mrs. Hammack, my AP Biology teacher Ms. Golbek and my Spanish teacher Mr. Castillo,” she said. “A special thanks goes out to the Technology Student Association advisor Mr. Isenbart. You have helped me so much over the years to become a better leader, competitor and person.”

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