Above, Jekobe Hughes at NASA. Jekobe was chosen as one of eight students to attend NASA's Glenn Research Center for four days and compete against other teams in building rovers and programming them to complete tasks.

By: Kayla Understock

A former Redfield, SD resident and graduate of Redfield High School, Jekobe Hughes, has gone on to College at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD. Jekobe was awarded a full ride scholarship in the Robotics Program and is currently in his second year. Over the summer, Jekobe took a class in hopes of receiving an opportunity to be accepted into an on-site experience in Cleveland, Ohio. Eight students were chosen, with Jekobe being one of the lucky few, to go to the NASA Glenn Research Center for 4 days in September. Once there, he competed with other teams in building a rover and completing various tasks, like retrieving rocks, from that rover. As the lead programmer, Jekobe designed the claw to retrieve rocks for the rover.
 He said “The experience was very good for learning how to work with people I have never met before, and gave me some knowledge on the robot I am going to have to build for my final project at Lake Area!”
 Jekobe has been interested in Electronics and Robotics since High School. As the old saying goes, “The sky is the limit” but in this case Jekobe has proved that with dedication and hard work, we are not limited to just the sky. It is an honor to know that such a well-driven and capable young man is going to be joining teams that will lead us to our futures and discoveries unmade. We should all be proud to know that this remarkable person has come from our community! On behalf of the Redfield Press, congratulations on your achievements Jekobe!

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