Ashton Fox, an eighth-grader at Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School in Baton Rouge, earned a bronze medal in an international competition on June 4, according to a news release.
His science project focused on using nanoparticles, proteins and near-infrared light to kill cancer cells.
Fox was one of only two students from the United States accepted to participate in the International Environment Sustainability Project Olympiad in the Netherlands. He also was one of the youngest participants, competing with students up to 18 years old.
“We are all incredibly proud and excited for Ashton,” Kenilworth Superintendent Tevfik Eski said in the release. “He is an exceptional young man with a great future.”
Kenilworth science teacher Elkhan Akhundov, recently named one of Baton Rouge’s top STEM or science, technology, engineering and math teachers, accompanied Fox and his mother, Chiye Fox, to the competition.
It is the second consecutive year that a Kenilworth student has excelled at an international science competition. Last year, Jalen Scott was the only U.S. student invited to participate in the Golden Climate International Environmental Project Olympiad in Kenya, where he won the grand award.