BUENOS AIRES – Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Wednesday met with the family of David Varlotta, who had been recognized by NASA for a high school project in 2011 but was murdered during a robbery on May 30.
The meeting took place at the International School Entrepreneurship Fair being held in Buenos Aires to highlight social, cultural and business initiatives launched by high school students across Latin America.
Fair organizers decided that starting this year the event will be named for Varlotta to pay tribute to the young man who, during the 2011 event, won an award for a project aimed at ending the lack of drinking water in high schools in Argentina’s northern Jujuy province.
For that idea, Varlotta and his project team members won the recognition of NASA, which also named an asteroid after him.
He was shot when carjackers tried to steal his automobile on May 30 in the town of Villa de Mayo, in Buenos Aires province.
Macro strolled among the stands at the fair where enterprising youths are presenting their projects developed and carried out in 2015 focusing on social, community, cultural, educational, production and business issues, the Argentine President’s Office said in a statement.
From June 28-30, high school students and teachers from schools in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru are gathering at the Argentine Education Ministry, which is organizing the event, to discuss and share their work.
The Argentine leader walked through the fair accompanied by his education minister, Esteban Bullrich, and Education Management Secretary Maximiliano Gulmanelli.