On Wednesday, Aug. 29, South Side High School Class of 1998 Graduate, Dr. Amber Straughn, visited with students at her former high school.  Dr. Straughn is an Astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. and is a member of the James Webb Space Telescope Project Science Team at Goddard.  

The distinguished South Side graduate visited with the student body and science classes to answer questions about the universe and how it changes over time. Dr. Straughn has been featured in numerous live television interviews, a few of which include CBS 60 Minutes, The Science Channel, NatGeo and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Straughn encouraged her fellow Hornets to “Dream Big” and seek out mentors who may help them to achieve their goals.  Dr. Straughn now resides in Glenn Dale, Md. with her husband Matt.