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Chayanne is now a senior at Grandview High School. As a freshman, she joined her first Computer Science class and fell in love. Her instructor, Mr. Clark Vance, was also the coach for the high school’s FIRST Robotics Team and persuaded her to join the team. She became involved as the team’s only programmer and learned how to code FIRST Robots in Java in a matter of only 6 weeks. She is now a Team Co-Captain and the Lead of a team of programmers learning Java coding. Her group of programmers, consisting of 5 students, is made up of mostly of females, a sure improvement upon the 2 females that were on her entire team during freshman year. She has participated in FBLA, where her Electronic Career Portfolio, received 5th place internationally. She was also a part of DECA and still participates in her local chapter of NHS. Every Thursday, she goes down to her old elementary school and mentors their FIRST Lego League Team. Her heavy involvement in FIRST lead the way for her to win the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award for the Greater Kansas City Region. She represented her high school in Houston, Texas for the 2018 FIRST Championship and hopes to lead her entire team there before she graduates. The crowning jewel and the achievement she is most proud of is becoming an advocate for women in STEM like herself. She has had the opportunity to broadcast her work and experience in STEM on interviews and spotlights throughout Kansas City. Growing up, it was nearly impossible to see women, especially women of color, navigating and making waves in the STEM field. She hopes to continue to be a face of representation to those that may not have examples of women of color in STEM. In the future, she hopes to be on the cutting edge of innovation in the fields of Virtual Reality. She hopes to create practical applications for this technology, like nurse training or crisis management training. After years of experience in the field, she hopes to come back to her community and teach Computer Science at the school she learned in. She aspires to change the lives of others and help them pursue their dreams like her teachers did for her.