Congressman Alcee L. Hastings made the following statement on September 9, 2013, congratulating James Martin of Miramar, Florida for Graduating Suma Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University at age 17.

M. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the achievements of James Martin of Miramar, Florida, and to honor him as a Hastings Star Student. 

At the age of 17, James recently graduated Suma Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University with a GPA of 3.9. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular Biology. Having been home-schooled by his mother from a young age, James started college at the age of 14.  He is a shining example of what hard work and dedication can accomplish. 

While in college, James worked alongside a Nobel Prize winner Dr. Eric Wieschaus at Princeton University.  After graduating, James was offered a job with Dr. Wieschaus as a paid lab assistant while he decides which PhD programs to apply to.  His goal is to pursue a career as a professor, and I have no doubt he will contribute greatly to the Molecular Biology field. 

I would also like to recognize the dedication of Joan Martin, James’ mother, to her son’s education.  The active participation on the part of one’s parents is important to a good education, and Joan has gone above and beyond in that regard and is to be commended.

M. Speaker, The accomplishments of James Martin are an inspiration to students everywhere, especially within the minority community.  I am proud to honor such an outstanding individual. We can all look forward to the bright future this young man has ahead of him.

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