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Katherine’s is a senior at Forest Park High School in the Information Technology specialty program focusing on computer science. Katherine’s interest in computing and technology started in elementary school when she started building and programming LEGO Mindstorms robots. Since that time, robotics has become her passion and her life. In middle school, she joined the robotics team where she was the lead programmer and later the project manager. In 8th grade, she led her team to the World Championships by winning the Design Award at the State Championships for their professional approach to the engineering design process. In high school, Katherine is continuing to pursue her love of robotics and programming. She is a member of four robotics teams competing in VEX Robotics, FIRST Robotics, SeaPerch (underwater robotics) and Zero Robotics (a competition with MIT and NASA to program SPHERES onboard the International Space Station). She loves the challenge of working with different platforms, working with her team mates and finding new ways to approach and solve a problem. Her team has won the Excellence Award at the VEX Robotics State Championships two years in a row, and she will compete at the VEX Robotics World Championships for the third year in a row. Katherine has extensive Java programming experience through AP Computer Science and Advanced Computer Math. Through the Computer Science team, she competes in the American Computer Science League and other coding and cybersecurity competitions. She is also honing her engineering skills through Project Lead the Way engineering classes. Last year, she was awarded the Most Outstanding Information Technology student of the year. Katherine always finds time to give back; she mentors 42 students at a local middle school twice a week during the school year. Katherine is responsible for teaching programming skills in RobotC, engineering design principles and building techniques. She has also taught engineering notebook classes and the importance of this vital document in robotics competitions. The skills she has taught the students have prepared them to compete at the highest level of robotics. Last year, two teams competed and won major awards at the World Championships. After high school, Katherine plans to attend a 4 year university and major in Computer Science and Engineering.