Mississippi Student Wins ACTE National Student Trophy Design Contest

October 4, 2021

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October 4, 2021

Contact: Dominique Frascoia


Mississippi Student Wins ACTE National Student Trophy Design Contest
Student of St. Martin High School Wins National Award


Alexandria, VA – Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced a St. Martin High School student Nathaniel Bryan as the national student trophy design winner in its sixth annual student trophy design contest. He is taught by Richard Humphreys, an instructor at St. Martin High School. The contest is sponsored by ACTE and Stratasys, Ltd., a manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems.

Since 1954, ACTE has awarded those who have made exemplary contributions in the field of career and technical education (CTE). The student trophy design contest is a competition for students to design the 3D trophy to be used to award the national winners at the Awards Gala. This year’s gala will be held in virtually on November 30 at 4:00 p.m. CT/5:00 p.m. ET, all are welcome to attend. Nathaniel’s submission was selected by ACTE’s Board of Directors out of entries from students all across the country. In addition to having his design used to create this year’s trophies, Nathaniel will receive a $1,000 scholarship and St. Martin High School will receive a free one-year lease of a 3D printer, courtesy of Stratasys, Ltd.


Nathaniel Bryan is a senior at Saint Martin High School. Though he has only been at Saint Martin since his 8th grade year, he was granted the opportunity to take all three

years of engineering under the direction of Dr. Richard Humphreys, and, through engineering, has been able to engage in subjects he enjoys–such as math, science, and logical thinking–as well explore new activities that he has taken quite a liking to, like 3-D modeling!  Even before his foray into engineering during high school, Nathaniel has always favored subjects like math and science, and the evolution of his prospective career choices reflect that.  Since he was young, he has loved watching documentaries on subjects like space and the universe and is enamored with people such as Stephen Hawking.  Consequently, Nathaniel used to go around spouting about how he would be a groundbreaking Astro-quantum physicist.  By the time he was in middle school, he had chosen something he had determined to be more realistic, an aerospace engineer, where he would have a good job and be able to use 3-D software to design and simulate rocket ships and their components. This did not last long. Now in his final year of high school with a 35 ACT score, 4.00 GPA and 5.28 QPA, and now a national award under his belt, Nathaniel has his sights set on colleges such as Stanford, Rice, and even the University of Washington, where he wishes to get degrees in both Physics and Astronomy and accomplish his dream of becoming an astrophysicist!


“The Student Trophy Design Contest has successfully helped promote CTE classrooms across the country for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, engineers, and more,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “Nathaniel’s outstanding achievements, and his passion for CTE, are further evidence of the critical role high-quality CTE plays in maintaining and growing America’s role in the global economy. We are very proud of Nathaniel and his accomplishments, and we are honored to have him as a public ambassador for all that today’s CTE has to offer.”


Jesse Roitenberg, Stratasys Americas Director of Education shared his thoughts on the contest over the years, “Stratasys is pleased to partner with ACTE to create this contest for the students. It is clear that the educators are doing an outstanding job immersing the students in Additive Manufacturing and Computer Aided Drafting.  The trophy entries we have judged over the past 6 years are phenomenally designed and could not be created by any other manufacturing process.


Nathaniel, ACTE and Stratasys are available for interviews upon request. Nathaniel’s trophy design and headshot (courtesy Nathaniel) are attached to this email.




About ACTE: The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

Click here to view this press release on ACTE’s website.

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