The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has written an open letter to congratulate 13-year-old Ghanaian whizz-kid Simon-Peter Atuahene Frimpong.
Frimpong, whose parents are from Ghana, is among over 130 students across the United States who have presented their work at this year’s edition of the White House Science Fair.
Frimpong, who lives in Aurora, Colorado worked with Maya Max-Villard (also 13) and Grayson Fast (14 years) on a prosthetic (artificial) leg which they designed and built using 3-D printing. The story of an injured US war veteran is believed to have inspired the teenagers to work on creating a leg that could help the veteran walk and among other things hike and skateboard comfortably.
Below is the open letter:
This is to congratulate you on the honour of being invited by US President, Barack Obama, to participate, as one of the top science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students from across the USA, in this year’s White House Science Fair today, April 13.
You and your school mates are to be highly commended for your achievement in building a prosthetic leg that allows amputees to hike, manage uneven terrain, and even skateboard!
You are an excellent example to the youth of Ghana, your Motherland. Science and Technology must be the centrepiece of the educational system of our country, if we are to make the rapid transformation of our society and economy, that would bring prosperity to the mass of our people. This is the commitment of the political party, whose presidential candidate I have the privilege to be and to which your parents also belong, the New Patriotic Party. Indeed, your mother is the 2nd Vice Chairperson of its USA Branch.
I wish you luck in your further education and in all your future endeavours, and hope that you will always remember that you are a Ghanaian.
My warm regards to your parents.