At 16, Amanda moved 250 miles from home to attend KAMS (Kansas Academy for Math & Science), a two-year early college-entry program for high school juniors and seniors, and she will be a part of KAMS' first graduating class in 2011. Amanda's passion for KAMS has inspired her to be an advocate for continued funding for the academy, and she visits her state capitol to encourage legislation in support of this. She's proficient in Photoshop, InDesign, and web design including HTML. Amanda was a member of her high schools robotics team, contributing more so as an engineer than a programmer. She says, "I liked to think of how the robot would be most efficient for the game, instead of how we could actually make it do that." In addition to her challenging academic schedule, Amanda works on a college level research project involving researching web and graphic design technologies for the Paola Tourism Association. She receives college credit for her work at KAM S and plans to study computer science and information technology when she enters college in the fall.