Ryan Summers, who graduated from Lakewood High School in 2013, has worked on software to speed up the analysis for genetic mutations and written code to help send spacecraft to Mars. He was the first Washington State University graduate in more than three decades to be named a Rhodes Scholar finalist. (Washington State University)

Ryan Summers, who graduated from Lakewood High School in 2013, has worked on software to speed up the analysis for genetic mutations and written code to help send spacecraft to Mars. He was the first Washington State University graduate in more than three decades to be named a Rhodes Scholar finalist. (Washington State University)

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