Freeman Elementary Student Named Finalist in NASA Essay Contest

Soham Hiremath, Freeman Elementary fifth grader, was named a finalist in NASA’s “Scientist for a Day” Essay Contest for 2020-2021.

Hiremath participated in NASA’s national competition against other fifth and sixth-grade students from across the United States to write an essay about one of Uranus’ three moons. Based on the spacecraft, Voyager 2, which reached the Uranus system in 1986, participants in the contest chose the moon they thought would be the best place to explore via spacecraft and shared what they thought they might learn, based on prior knowledge.

He learned of the essay contest from his fifth-grade teacher, Kristen Emlet, who shared it with her class. 

“After sharing the contest details, Soham responded and sought guidance from me on how to proceed,” Emlet said. “He then took it all on himself. He did his research, analysis, and then submitted his findings in his essay."

Recognized as a Stellar Student of the Month in CFBISD last year, Hiremath is an outstanding student and member of the Freeman family. He has been named a “Tech Hero” by his teachers and is described as having a positive attitude and being a great role model for his peers.

When Hiremath was named a NASA contest finalist, his achievement was celebrated by his classmates and teachers. 

“He was humble and modest in front of his 75 peers during my recognition and praise of his initiative and efforts,” Emlet said. “We are so proud of him!”

Congratulations, Soham! We can’t wait to see what your future holds.