Clatskanie has a shooting star in Cub Scout Pack 241. William Johnson was awarded the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award for Cub Scouts during a recent Kiwanis Club of Clatskanie installation ceremony.
The Cub Scout Supernova award recognizes superior achievement in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Alvarez was an experimental physicist, inventor, and professor who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1968. He was considered one of the most brilliant and productive experimental physicists of the twentieth century.
Kiwanis incoming president Taylor Kissinger presented the award. Johnson, who is 8 years old, earned it through a series of academic tasks in which pins were awarded for each completion. He needed seven pins in total to advance to the next stage, completing a workbook composed partly of science projects and financial exercises such as calculating interest. A mentor interviewed Johnson and he was approved at the local and national level for the award.
Johnson is already hard at work for the next rank and a try at another award next year. He was surprised and joyous to receive his Supernova Award.