First Place: Katie Moore
Our winner is Katie Moore, a member of the Flint River Astronomy Club, and she will be a senior this fall at the Griffin High School in Griffin, Georgia. Over the past three years, Katie has grown from a beginning observer to a seasoned veteran, and she is highly active in her club's astronomical public outreach and education programs. Katie has already attended the University of Arizona's Advanced Astronomy Camp, and she completed the League's Messier observing program. She is now active in several advanced observing programs.
Katie has a long list of outstanding achievements. She has maintained a grade point average os 3.9 on a 4.0 scale. Her science fair project, Barometric Pressure and Its Relationship to the Quality of Seeing for Celestial Objects, won third place in the state competition. Currently, Katie is encouraging the school board to offer astronomy as a separate course in high school. Katie has been active with her school and community in many areas. She is a member of the Science Club as well as many others, and she tutors Geometry, Algebra I and II three days a week.
Katie has been a volunteer for the Flint River Astronomy Club and helps them run the club library. She brings the night sky down to earth for youngsters of all ages and inspires them to their own astronomical pursuits. When nominating Katie, the officers of the Flint River Astronomy Club said it best, "Katie embodies precisely the qualities of commitment and service the award was created for in the first place." Our judges agreed.
Second Place: Ryan Hannahoe
Our first runner-up is Ryan Hannahoe, from Leesport, Pennsylvania, and he is a member of the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society. Ryan serves as his club's program committee chair, and he will be entering high school this fall.
Ryan has a passion for astronomy, and he is persistent. A few months ago, Ryan completed the construction of his 6-inch Newtonian telescope. Over the past several months, he served as a volunteer astronomer for public star parties, scout groups and schools. In addition, he's taught classes on astronomy, observing, and telescope making. Ryan has won awards from his local astronomy club, and he has competed in the science fair with his telescope making project. He has written a paper on telescope making techniques. Among many other talents, Ryan now serves as the webmaster for the Astronomical League's 2001 convention web site. There is no doubt that we will be hearing more good news about Ryan's future astronomical endeavors.