That’s in part because of his wonderful gift for math and uncanny ability to skip ahead grades.
Meet honor student and math whiz Colton Boone.
Colton has been at Sand Springs Public Schools since childhood, making close friends and great strides in academics along the way.
He tells us he’s always been one… wait THREE… steps ahead in math.
Colton’s been taking math classes for up to three grades ahead of where he should have been since fourth grade.
“In fourth grade my teacher pushed me ahead to 5th grade,” Colton said.
“In 5th grade I moved up to 6th grade. And in 8th grade my first hour was at the high school so I would have to take a bus and leave class early to go back.”
Colton tells us every teacher in Sand Springs made an impact on him in some way, but it was his fourth and fifth grade teachers who influenced him the most.
And it wasn’t until late that this academic excellence got nationally recognized.
Colton was nominated for the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston for a June 29th-July 1st event.
Dr. John C Mather, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, nominated Colton.
Not knowing what the nomination was, Colton turned for help.
“I showed it to my mom and said.. hey I don’t know what this means.”
He was flown to the three-day event and joined students from across the country to hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients to talk about leading scientific research.
It interested Colton, especially because of the love and support that Sand Springs and the school system has instilled in him.
“I love it here,” Colton said.
“I have a close group of friends. It’s a pretty cool place.”
With such a bright future (and great ACT score), Colton has set himself up for success. He says he hopes to get a good education and have a career in software engineering and computer coding.
But if he could do anything in the world, he says he’d invent something.
“I would want to invent something that would help a lot. Everyone at that conference, they found something they wanted to do and they used it to help.”
To those going into their freshman, sophomore and junior years, Colton gives this advice.
“Don’t give up. Those three years in high school are the most important in your life. They show where you are going to end up.”