DENVER (CBS4)– Every month, CBS4, along with the Colorado School of Mines and PDC Energy, honors a high school student excelling in science, technology, engineering, and math: STEM. The Future Leaders winner gets $1,000 in prize money, and a profile on CBS4. This month’s winner is Josh Oldehoff, a senior at George Washington High School.

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For Josh, math is a release that makes sense to him in a way that doesn’t for many others.

“Math and science is really a thing I can express myself through,” said Josh.

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He is on the honor roll and takes AP classes in physics and calculus. Josh also has a great relationship with his teachers and soaks up their knowledge.

“With the teachers I get close to, it’s a great experience to work with them and actually try and do problems with them,” said Josh.

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Josh’s family struggled with homelessness and said that has made a difference in his life, “I think it motivated me more to do better in school than just giving up.”

Josh also extends his knowledge to other hobbies, like playing piano.

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“Tempo is basically like math. So, when you’re thinking about math and playing piano, it’s almost like you’re doing the same exact thing.”

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He hopes to get into the medical field and possibly become a surgeon.

Know a high school student thriving in STEM? Click here to nominate them for Future Leaders and a chance to receive a $1,000 award!

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