Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, WA
Academics have always been one of the cornerstones of my success so far. I feel that learning is something that a person should do for their whole life. I was lucky enough to be accepted in our district's Magnet Program for accelerated learner for the 7th and 8th grades. From there I went on to take 15 AP classes in High School. Some of the classes I have taken are AP Physics, AP World/US History, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry and AP Spanish. I enjoyed every one of them, even if AP Spanish Literature is giving me a run for my money (or Pesos.) I have been a member of the National Honor Society for the last 4 years and I am also a member of the Distinguished Scholars Program for our school.
Since I was 10 years old I have been swimming competitively, first for the Olympic Aquatics Club and now for the Bremerton YMCA. I have competed in numerous USA Swimming events over the years in different strokes, mainly the breast and fly. I have made times good enough to compete at the Champs level. In High School I have been on the Varsity Swim Team for 4 years. Our relay team that I have been on has made 4A State for the last 3 years and I hope we will make it again this year. I am also the co-captain of the swim team this year, something I take pride in. I believe being co-captain has helped my leadership abilities also.
In my junior year of high school I was accepted into the Washington Aerospace Scholars Program. The program is run by the Museum of Flight in Seattle in coordination with NASA and is a year long program. Throughout the year we did projects for a manned flight to Mars accumulating with a residency program over the summer in which we simulated the pressure of a aerospace engineer while completing the Mars mission. This experience has readied me for a career in aerospace, something I believe will play a key role in for the future success for our country and world. I look forward to using technology to advance our society beyond our own world.