Muscatine, IA, Journal: Wilton Student Will Be a Senior and Freshman--at the Same Time

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Student's Engineering Future Doesn't Fall Far from the Family Tree--and Someday It Could Help Replace Lost Limbs

By Cynthia Beaudette
Muscatine Journal


WILTON, Iowa — Wilton High School junior Maxwell Roth will spend his senior year of high school living at the University of Iowa.

Roth, 16, said he will live on campus at the University next year, where he will earn high school and college credit at the same time.

It’s another step on his path toward earning his master’s degree in biomedical engineering within the next five years.

Roth’s goal is to engineer artificial organs and prosthetic limbs.

“I’d like to stay in Iowa to work if I can,” he said.  “I’ve known from a young age that I wanted to go into engineering.”

Maxwell lives with his parents, Brian — a civil engineer at Muscatine’s Stanley Consultants — and Tina Roth, just outside of Wilton.

Maxwell, who ranks third in his class at Wilton High School with a grade point average of 3.9, was accepted into the University of

Iowa’s early entrance honors program through the Belin-Blank National Academy of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

His grade point average isn’t the only thing helping him get to the UI. He’s taking a Subway there, too.

Maxwell works part time at the Subway restaurant in Wilton to help save money for college.

 He said that money is supplemented by scholarships that are helping pay for his first semester at UI.

He is one of two area students  to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Muscatine Chapter of the Iowa Engineering Society.

Jared Schmidgall of Mediapolis High School was also selected from among 12 applicants to receive the awards.

The scholarships were awarded Feb. 21.

Maxwell, who scored a 31 on the ACT, said he will prepare for college by taking physics and calculus courses at Muscatine Community College this summer.

Maxwell knows how important encouragement can be for a budding engineer, and volunteers his time to mentor young students in the Wilton Elementary For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League Team. He is also an assistant instructor for the Muscatine College 4 Kids program.

“I had fun in College 4 Kids when I was younger,” said Roth. “And I want them, (College 4 Kids students) to have fun, too.”

More on Maxwell

Maxwell belongs to the Robotics Club at Wilton High School, participates in Scholastic Bowl and the FIRST Tech Challenge, and plays golf.

He is a member of the Muscatine County 4H Science and Technology Club and Boy Scout Troop 151, earning his Eagle Scout Rank in 2011.