This summer, Shadow Ridge High School student Daniel Cooper, who just finished his junior year at the Surprise school, received the Rensselaer Medal and scholarship.
For more than 100 years, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. has awarded the medal to high school juniors who distinguished high school juniors who excel in mathematics and sciences.
The medal is the oldest of its kind in the United States and is given to more than 5,000 high schools across the country.
More than 150 medalists end up enrolling each year at RPI.
The merit scholarship, with an annual value of $30,000, is guaranteed for four years for each medalist who is accepted an enrolls at RPI.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1824 as the first technological research university in the United States.