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Jamaican Justin Sirgany will compete in the United States Formula 4 Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend – April 8 to 9.

It will be the 14-year-old’s debut in the F4 event, which will earn him points for a super license.

According to Sirgany, he will be representing both Jamaica and the United States at the event that has attracted an international flavour, with 33 competitors from eight countries and five continents scheduled to fight for top honours.

Sirgany, who will drive the Global Racing Group’s black, white and green striped F4 US car, said in a news release that he was “thankful for the opportunity to represent both Jamaica and the United States as a rookie driver in the F4 US Championship”, adding that Miami is his second home.

Sirgany, who started racing in go-karts, has a long list of achievements that impressed Global Racing Group president, Christian Pedersen.

Petersen said, “In a display of skill, competency, and professionalism Justin won the attention of the entire Global Racing Group crew during our first two preseason tests.

“He continued to push himself to new levels; always looking to improve and learn, on and off track. Justin has both the talent and the persistency required to go very far in racing, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to help him get there,” Pedersen added.
Among the success stories of Sirgany are: winner of the Rotax Micromax Championship for 2012 at Florida Winter Tour; second in the Rotax Micromax for 2012 at U.S. Grand Nationals; winner of the Rotax Minimax Jamaican Championship for 2013; winner of the Rotax Minimax Jamaican Championship for 2014; winner of the Rotax Junior Jamaican Championship for 2015; and second in the Rotax Junior Jamaican Championship for 2016.

Under the rules of FIA, the governing body for racing, Sirgany, can earn points towards his super license, because he will be 15-year-old before the season opener.

SOURCE: http://intelligentjamaica.com/

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An African-American freshman at the Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School of Medical Arts, in Jacksonville, Florida, has a bright future ahead of him. At 14-year-old he has already come up with a surgical technique that may help surgeons reduce the risk of complications when performing surgical operations.

The young medical genius, Tony Hansberry II, reviewed various techniques of several surgeries, including hysterectomies and the instruments to perform these operations. He came up with a novel idea to be used when stitching back up the patients. The idea will help surgeons, especially those with fewer surgeries under their belt.

Hansberry came up with this idea back in 2009, when he was still a student at the Florida school, writes Jackie Jones for BlackAmericaWeb.com.

The young medical genius, who was encouraged to take up advanced classes in medicine at the Darnell-Cookman school, said that he came up with the idea because he wanted to help the patients and the surgeons. He added that his ambition was to become a well respected and competent neurosurgeon.

According to Jones, the 14-year-old medical student came up with the novel idea to help surgeons and patients alike when he was studying at Shands Hospital, Jacksonville, while enrolled at the University of Florida’s Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research.

Jones says that Hansberry’s new technique will allow surgeons to complete their operations by stitching the patients back up after having a hysterectomy in one third of the time that it would normally take them. She adds that he perfected his technique by practicing on a medical dummy.

According to Angela Tenbroeck, lead medical teacher at the University of Florida, Hansberry is far advanced compared to his classmates, when it comes to surgical techniques. She adds that she would put him on par with a first-year medical student at any university and was proud to have him as a member of her school.

Reportedly, the teen was also selected to present the Boy Scouts of America Report to the Nation, in Washington D.C. at the White House and President Obama. The report contained information on young boy scouts who had been outstanding in the fields of national service, conservation, healthy living and involvement within their communities and Hansberry’s name was put forward many times by his leaders.

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Engineer Raye Montague broke down barriers in the Navy by overcoming gender and racial discrimination to revolutionize the way naval ships were built.

At 7 years old, Montague was introduced to seacraft when her grandfather took her to see a German submarine that was taken on tour and made a stop at Little Rock. During an interview with THV 11 News Friday, Jan. 20, she said looking through the vessel’s periscope changed her life and inspired her to become an engineer, despite a man working with the tour putting her down.

“I looked through the periscope and saw all these dials and mechanisms and I said to the guy, ‘What do you have to know to do this?’” Montague recalls. “He said, ‘Oh, you’d have to be an engineer, but you don’t have to worry about that.’”

Montague said her mother told her the world would not take it easy on her for being a woman, being Black, and having a Southern segregated-school education. But her mother also infused in her the belief that “you can do or be anything you want, provided you’re educated.”

Unable to attend the University of Arkansas because she was Black, Montague went on to Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal College, now known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She parlayed the engineering degree she earned into a job with the Navy.

“I started at the bottom of the ladder, even with a college degree,” she says of her journey.

But Montague put her time at the bottom of that ladder to good use. Day in and day out, she would watch how Ivy League graduate engineers ran the 1950’s UNIVAC computer next to her desk. One day when the engineers all got sick, Montague jumped up and ran the UNIVAC all by herself.

“Because ‘we’ weren’t supposed to touch that computer, right? And because I was from Arkansas,” Montague said of her detractors.

Over the next 14 years, Montague would become so proficient with computers, she would be transferred to design and construct ships.

“The admirals came to me and said, ‘Young lady, we understand you’ve got a system to design ships,’” she recalls. “And they said, ‘The president has given us two months, we can give you a month. Can you do it?”

“I brought that rascal in in 18 hours and 26 minutes,” Montague says with pride.

Montague has received countless awards from the Navy and the U.S. government over her lifetime for revolutionizing the design process for all naval ships and submarines. The U.S. flag was even flown in her honor over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

“Isn’t it wonderful?” she says, beaming. “And just think how fortunate I was.”

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Tiera Guinn is just 22 years old and she’s already working for NASA.

As a Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer for the Space Launch System that aerospace company Boeing is building for NASA, Guinn designs and analyzes parts of a rocket that she said will be one of the biggest and most powerful in history.

Guinn, whose career trajectory seems like a sequel to the much-acclaimed “Hidden Figures” movie, has been aspiring to become an aerospace engineer since she was a child.

Her mom, who noticed her daughter’s skills from a young age, made sure to Guinn stayed sharp by putting her intelligence to use…at the supermarket.

“When [my mom and I] would go to the grocery store, she would get me to clip coupons [and] put it in my coupon organizer,” Guinn told WBRC News. “By the time we got to the register, I’d have to calculate the exact total, including tax. And I did that since I was six years old.”

“One day I saw a plane fly by and I just had this realization, ‘huh, I can design planes. I’m going to be an aerospace engineer,”’ Guinn said.

She chose all of her middle school classes accordingly and commuted an hour to go to the high school that would best prepare her for the future.

Now, Guinn will soon be graduating from MIT with a 5.0 and is clearly on a path to success. She said she’d advise young girls looking to follow in her footsteps to expect obstacles throughout their journey.

“You have to look forward to your dream and you can’t let anybody get in the way of it,” she said. “No matter how tough it may be, no matter how many tears you might cry, you have to keep pushing. And you have to understand that nothing comes easy. Keeping your eyes on the prize, you can succeed.”

SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

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