First Name

Ari

Last Name

A.

Bio

Not only is Ari involved in technology, but she is also heavily involved with the band. Over the summer, Ari traveled and performed with the Tennessee Ambassadors of Music on their European concert tour. While in Europe the group traveled to 7 countries performing concerts in 5. She has been the section leader of the sousaphones at Hendersonville High School since 2018; in her spare time, she enjoys writing arrangements of tuba fanfares for her section to perform. She received 3rd chair tuba in the Tennessee mid-state honor band her sophomore year and 5th chair this past year. Ari is also heavily involved in several other clubs at her school, including national Beta club, Sumner County Teen Court, Robotics, Girls Who Code, and Skills USA where she is the Vice President. One of Ari's greatest technical accomplishment to date is starting a Girls Who Code club at her school. Over Spring break, Ari performed a video audition for a spot in Jackson State Universities band, The Sonic Boom of the South. She received a band scholarship for her performance. Ari was recently accepted into Jackson State University's Bridge to the Future program for STEM majors. Here, she will be able to get a head start on her studies in Computer Science, room with another freshman in her major, and get the opportunity to travel to businesses related to her major. With the Bridge Program, and the college/AP classes Ari currently enrolled in, she expects to have approximately 15 credit hours of studies before starting the first semester of college. Ari hopes to land an internship with a local tech company during the summer of her sophomore year of college. While Ari is still in college, she wants to learn how to use the programming language Swift so that she can create an app for incoming band students that would allow them to do their college band audition via video. After Ari graduates from college, she wants to go work for a tech company within the local community and run for an elected government office so that she can implement changes within her local public education system. While working, she will be developing plans to start a STEM summer camp for minority children that would be free of charge. In addition to this camp, she wants to travel to inner-city schools speaking to kids about the importance of higher education, support her Historically Black College & University(HBCU), encourage other minority kids to attend an HBCU, and advocate for technology to be offered in grades k-12 public schools across the country.