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January 24, 2013

From robotics nut to MIT student?

Whittier High senior shoots for his dream school

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Bernard hopes when he sends in his second quarter grades — all A’s and A+’s — and his latest robotics performance, and maybe even a letter from Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini, his application will get moved to the “yes” pile at MIT.

“My mom thought of the letter from the mayor and I emailed him,” he said.

Bernard is looking to win another gold medal in statewide and national SkillsUSA competitions coming up this spring. He has been winning medals since his sophomore year, when he captured gold at the district competition in robotics and automation technology. Last year, he won a silver medal at the state level, placing second in the state in the electronics technology field. This year, he wants a gold medal in states, and maybe in nationals.

Unfortunately, those medals will come too late for the MIT application, but Bernard continues to move forward. At work in Whittier’s lab last week, he was already testing for viable circuits to use in upcoming competitions.

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