Westminster Christian School senior Dylan Hannon is interested in going into engineering, either mechanical or aerospace. He recently did an internship at the University of Texas at Austin and that took him to the Johnson Space Center for Space Research.
“It was a really cool experience,” he says. “We did climate science research. We used astronaut photography to study forested regions change over time.”
He says the documented photos showed climate change in melting of the ice sheets as well as impact on the forests.
He and the members of his group submitted the project to American Geophysical Union. That submission comes with an in-person presentation.
This year, Hannon has volunteered at the Doral Dog Shelter. He’s finishing training but has already learned about the different areas of the shelter and how to care for the animals properly.
“I’ve really loved animals,” he says. “I have two dogs and a cat. I used to dog sit for my neighbors.”
Over the years, he’s done his fair share of community service. He volunteered at the Vacation Bible School camp at the Old Cutler Presbyterian Church.
He tutored two Westminster first and second grade boys once or twice a week throughout 2021.
“They were great” he says. “I would read with them. I would help them pronounce long words. I would read one page they would read one page. It helped them pick up on the reading quicker.”
He also worked as an assistant in a classroom at the Westminster Art and Science Camp for two years.
“It’s an educational camp where kids show up for a week,” he says. “That was a great learning environment. I also learned some things.”
He worked in one of the classrooms so the kids of all age groups would go to the classroom.
“In my classroom, it was learning about animals,” he says. “They were learning about vertebrate and non-vertebrate and specifics about amphibians.”
He also worked in the nature center and the kids would interact with the animals.
“There are lots of different birds such as macaws and other large parrots,” he says. “There are also goats and lots of tortoises. They also had a snake.”
At Westminster he’s vice president of the Finance Club.
“We meet, discuss stocks and financial trends,” he says. “We have this app, a stock simulator app, you can invest money. It does what the real trend and stocks are doing.
With no risk. Just learning.”
For fun, he’s in the Pickleball Club.
“It’s a really big trend,” he says. “We do tournaments. You go with one teammate. It’s just like tennis. The ball is a little smaller, but bigger than ping pong.”
He’s a member of the World Languages National Honor Society, the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society, Rho Kappa, the history honor society, the Science National Honor Society, the Computer Science Honor Society, the English National Honor Society and Tri-M, the music honor society.
Hannon plays the bass clarinet in the band. This is his second year playing the bass clarinet. Before, he played piano, but he was curious about being in a band since he loves music, so he decided to try out.
“Band is really like its own community,” he says. “We have band trips. Last year we went to Hawaii which was awesome. We played at Pearl Harbor and one of the malls.”
Hannon is applying to the University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, Duke and the University of Texas.
Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld
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