Joy Jasik

Student, Jefferson Elementary School, Rochester, Minn.

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Joy Jasik is an energetic 11-year-old girl. A close friend of young scientist Hemanth Asirvatham, she has been exposed to science in many ways, such as openly talking with Hemanth about science, doing research and, of course, the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision science and engineering competition.

"I don't see Hemanth just as a partner. I think of him as a friend. He has taught me so much, and I deeply respect him," she says.

Joy enjoys singing, playing her guitar, dancing and doing art. She likes school because she enjoys doing fun science experiments and has great teachers. Her favorite subjects are science, reading, math, language arts and social studies. She also likes doing cool projects.

"My teachers are fun to have laughs with. They share cool facts about the things we learn. Sometimes we get a little off topic, but the class doesn't mind because they always love to hear what the teachers have to say," she explains.

Joy is the youngest child in her family. She has two older siblings: Joelle, age 12, and Jordan, age 17. Her parents are Amy and Mike. Joy is appreciative of her family's backgrounds. On her dad's side, she is Slovak, which is where the surname Jasik comes from, and Swiss. On her mom's side, she is German and Scottish.