Jake Sledge, '19, has been named a 2018 National Hispanic Scholar. It's just one of many honors Jake has received during his time at ESA. In early 2018, Jake presented at the 2018 Crossroads Conference, an academic conference that recognizes exceptional and unique scholarship by high school humanities students. For his presentation, Jake discussed his favorite book, What If? by Randall Monroe. He looked at how the field of science is all about asking absurd questions, and how sometimes these questions have led to the greatest answers. “The greatest scientists have been the ones to take these questions seriously and give them scientific answers,” Jake says. “Science is not about slogging through numbers; it is about asking curious, and maybe absurd, questions about the world around you.”
A leader on the Quiz Bowl team, Jake has also served as a Student Council representative and as a Discipline Council representative, and is now the Discipline Council President. He has taken on major roles in ESA musicals, including Little Shop of Horrors, The Wedding Singer and Spamalot. In addition to NHS tutoring and other community service activities, Jake worked with Helical Outpost Farms, where he created a video, "The Life of Lettuce!" to showcase local chefs using the farm's produce. In the summer of 2018, Jake assisted Dr. Manos Chatzopoulos of the LSU Physics and Astronomy Department with research on the new class of superluminous supernovae and related luminous transients.