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Liam McCarty

Elm Grove, Wisconsin
Brookfield Academy
What is your favorite subject in school?: 
Wow, this is a hard one to answer! I must say, though, I do love math and science. Yes, I know this is a HIGHLY unlikely answer from a student who would enter a national science competition! However, I truly enjoy learning in general and appreciate the merits of all my subjects.
What kind of extra-curricular activities or hobbies do you enjoy participating in?: 
I am the kind of person who likes to do everything! I play golf and tennis avidly, competing often in the summer. I also play much music on violin, guitar, and piano (and I'm trying to start drums). Furthermore, I write songs and compose classical works through the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. I won the John Downey Creation Project and composed my first symphony this year that was performed by the orchestra this spring. I greatly enjoy cooking, inventing, building, and just having a fun time!
What career do you want to pursue and why?: 
Though I honestly have no true idea what my career will be, being a NASA scientist intrigues me greatly. I find the universe to be endlessly fascinating and would surely love to learn as much as I can about it. Stephen Hawking's work on his Theory of Everything is absolutely amazing! As to what kind of scientist I would be, I'm not totally sure. However, I would love to help figure out how to send human beings on missions to the moon and other planets.
Why did you enter in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge?: 
I love to compete and sometimes I get an irresistible urge to do so. One day, I got the bug. I began to look around locally and online for science competitions and eventually I landed on this website. Instantly, I was hooked. I began to formulate grandiose plans about my science video and loved every moment of it. Wow, what fun it has been!
What do you enjoy most about science?: 
I find science fascinating as it is constantly morphing and growing based on increasing knowledge and understanding. The inherent human desire to learn keeps it alive and helps it to expand. I find learning about how things work to be incredibly interesting and fun. I personally get such joy from learning WHY things happen.
Anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?: 
I once ate a 14 ounce cheeseburger...with fries!
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