Naden stays busy with Youth Legislature, 4-H and NASA sponsored camp

OROFINO, ID - He's not what you'd picture when you think 'mad scientist' but this Orofino High School student is a brilliant chemist in the making.

His name is Robert Naden and he's this week's "Academic All-Star."

"Ever since I was a little kid my parents have driven me to work hard in school," said Naden.

It's that kind of encouragement that motivated Naden to get involved with the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars. A course that ultimately got him selected to attend a NASA sponsored camp.

"I've never been really one to not trying very hard at what I do," said Naden. "I like to work hard."

Not only is he heavily involved in extracurriculars like Youth Legislature and 4-H he takes a rigorous school schedule. This high school senior already has 46 college credits under his belt. Naden said he'd like to study at the University of Idaho after graduating from high school.

"After I get a bachelors in chemical engineering I want to get a masters in material science," said Naden.

For the younger students looking to get a 3.9 G-P-A like Naden, he's got one simple tip.

"Pay attention to the teacher, mostly because they tell you what you need to know," said Naden.

Congratulations Robert. You're this week's "Academic All-Star."