#VoicesofJAF – December 29th – Jack Andraka
December 29, 2015 by Kat Krieger
“Who would have thought that some 13-year-old kid from the Baltimore suburbs could come up with a new way to detect pancreatic cancer…and Jefferson Awards always injects this new-found hope in me.” – Jack Andraka
Jack was just a thirteen year old Maryland high school sophomore when he invented an inexpensive early detection test for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers. Now, at eighteen, Jack’s groundbreaking results have earned him international recognition, most notably a 2014 Jefferson Award, 1st place winner in the 2014 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, the 2012 Intel ISEF Gordon Moore Award, the 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Youth Award, a spot on Advocate Magazine’s 2014 40 under 40 list, a fellowship as a National Geographic Explorer, and he’s also the 2014 State of Maryland winner of the Stockholm Water Prize. He speaks to audiences of youths and adults all across the globe about his personal story, research, and his ideas for STEM education reform. He has been featured in several documentaries including Morgan Spurlock’s Sundance Film Festival entry, “You Don’t Know Jack,” Linda Peters’ award winning film, “Just Jack,” as well as ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, BBC, Fox, and radio, newspaper, and magazine articles around the world. His young adult memoir, BREAKTHROUGH: HOW ONE TEEN INNOVATOR IS CHANGING THE WORLD is available in bookstores.
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