A 5th grade student from Lourdes Catholic School in Bettendorf will be missing a few days of class this week after being selected to attend the 58th presidential inauguration.
Adam Nikulski will spend the next five days at the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. This is a program put on by Envision Career and Leadership Programs. Local 4 caught up with Adam and his family at the Quad City International Airport before his flight left Wednesday morning.
Adam was nominated by his principal, Jennifer Alongi, for a STEM leadership forum last summer. After attending that program, Adam received an invitation to the presidential inauguration summit.
“When we first got the invitation Adam was a little unsure,” said Adam’s father Brian Nikulski. “But his older brother, Mitch, has helped persuade him, along with Gail and I, that it was such a unique opportunity and we were all jealous and wish we could go, It’ll be fun, it’ll be fun for him.”
Adam’s favorite subject is science, and he loves to build things. His parents say he spends a lot of time in his grandfather’s shop, and he is always creating or building something. He also participated in a robotics team.
“He’s the type of kid who likes to learn in the STEM field,” said his mother, Gail Nikulski. Gail is accompanying Adam on the trip across the country.
“He wants to know how everything is built, how everything is made, why why why,” said Brian. “He’s just so inquisitive and fascinated with the world around him.”