FAIRFIELD — Keyoni McNair is 15, but she dreams big. The Fairfield High School incoming sophomore wants to have two doctorates by the time she’s 40, adopt teenage orphans and start her own science institute.
A tall order to be sure, but the beginning of her journey is June 30. McNair will join the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH), a five-week program that aims to “level the playing field” for minority high school students who have demonstrated academic achievement. With her acceptance, McNair will attend the program for three summers.
Her fascination with science dates back to her childhood and is something she shares with her father, Anthony McNair. The two would tinker with just about anything they could find in their Fairfield home.
The elder McNair said it was not unusual for them to go overboard on a school project. For back-to-school night at Laurel Creek Elementary, a fifth-grade Keyoni McNair brought a working telegraph she built with her father.