A special guest is making an appearance on Friday at a fundraiser for the Corvallis Middle School Science Olympiad Team’s national competition. Doug Martin with the Science Olympiad Team said he's thrilled and honored to present such a guest:

"We're excited to bring in Dr. Scott Parazynski to the Corvallis area," Martin said. "Scott is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, he trained at Harvard as well, and in 1992, he was selected to join NASA's astronaut corps. He flew five space shuttle missions and conducted seven space walks."

Martin said Parazynski was also the first astronaut to scale Mount Everest.

"We're getting a modern day explorer to come and talk to our community, and motivate our kids about the importance of science and technology in today's world," Martin said. "He'll be presenting at the school in the afternoon—a general assembly—and then he will be having a VIP reception at the Bitterroot River Inn from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. where there will be refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres served as well."

Martin said Parazynski’s general presentation will be on Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at the Bitterroot River Inn, and is open to children and adults.

Tickets are $20 for the event, and $200 for the VIP reception.

Questions as well as ticket purchases can be made at Corvallis Middle School, or call 961-3201.

Parazynski will make an appearance on Talkback with Jon and Peter on Thursday morning.