June 22, 1988
Author: Compiled By BARBARA BOOTH, Staff Writer
Family: The son of Donnie and Sara Mullis of Highland Forest Drive, he has an older brother, Clifton.
Background: Chris, 16, is a rising junior at Providence Day School, where he is a National Honor Society member, president of the Science Club, on the golf team and a Student Government Association representative. A member of the
Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club, Chris is working on a binary stars study
with University of South Carolina at Lancaster physics Prof. Daniel Faulkner. Special honor: Chris received a second place Earth and Science Award at the
39th International Science and Engineering Fair in Knoxville, Tenn. His
project, “Detecting Changes in Orbital Periods of Eclipsing Binary Stars,“
also netted him $350, a gold medallion and a personal computer.
Binary stars are: “Solar systems in which there are two suns instead one.
It`s very complex because the two suns are actually orbiting each other.“
Prized possessions: “A Compaq computer and my World War II German
Favorite summertime activities: “To stay at my (family`s) beach house (in
Myrtle Beach) and surf.“
Career plans: “Going up in space on one of the shuttles interests me, but I don`t want to have a career as an astronaut; I love astronomy too much. I hope to become a mission specialist. There have been at least three mission
specialists who have gone up on shuttles.“
Section: MECKLENBURG NEIGHBORS