American Fork High School Senior Jason Roberts Receives CenturyLink STEM Excellence Award

Katherine KireievSTEM Awards, STEM in Utah

Jason Roberts (center) accepts the CenturyLink STEM Excellence Award, alongside his father Jeremy Roberts (left), presented by CenturyLink official Kelly Hazard (right) at the Nov. 21, 2018, Utah Jazz game in Salt Lake City’s Vivint Smart Home Arena. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

American Fork High School senior Jason Roberts—this season’s first CenturyLink STEM Excellence Award recipient—is a standout STEM student who’s dedicated to excellence both within and outside of school.

Jason was recognized for his achievements at the Nov. 21, 2018, Utah Jazz game at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

“Jason is the perfect student to receive this award,” said nominator Tanner Bowman, computer programming and web development teacher at American Fork High School. “He’s been working on his own programming projects his entire time in high school. He re-created Minecraft from scratch using pure Java programming.”

Ranked No. 1 of 733 students in his graduating class, Jason carries a 4.0 GPA and demonstrates strong leadership qualities. In addition to developing his own computer programming language, the Eagle Scout serves as president of the AFHS Computer Science Club, and is vice president of the school’s Technology Student Association (TSA) Club, still finding time to produce and anchor AFHS morning video announcements.

And it doesn’t stop there. Jason is currently interning for Horrocks, working with UDOT on traffic light systems and fiber optics.

“Many people don’t usually associate science, technology, engineering and math with creativity,” said Jason. “Mathematics is what I would call an art form. I am very passionate about finding creative solutions to the world’s seemingly impossible problems.”

Congratulations, Jason! Keep up the excellent work.