First Name

Reagan

Last Name

B.

Bio

Reagan is a high school senior at an all-girls college preparatory high school, Ursuline Academy. Since she was little, Reagan has been interested in Computer Science and Engineering. In grade school, she continued her learning experience with computers while being a leader for her First Lego League “Robot Raiders,” the small team and her continued onto the Championship Tournament, which helped her learn teamwork and programming skills. She also attended a FLL camp, where she was one of two girls at the camp and she realized she wanted to raise awareness about girls in computing. In high school, Reagan was grateful to participate in wonderful opportunities that have made her more interested in computing. Freshman year, Reagan joined the “Girls Who Code” club, which focuses on helping girls learn different programming languages and helping close the gap between women and men in STEM jobs. That same year, Reagan was able to meet with computer scientist through the company Accenture, a strategy, consulting, digital, and technology corporation in St. Louis. Sophomore year, Reagan was on to her second year of “Girls Who Code” and began coding in Scratch. That same year, Reagan was able to meet again with professional computer scientist, but with a different company called ShipWorks, a corporation that uses shipping software for E-Commerce. Reagan was also awarded the NCWIT 2016 Award for Aspirations in St. Louis & Southern Illinois, which showed her all her hard-work paid off and she is continuing on the right route to continue into the computer science field. Reagan attended the Jackling Introduction to Engineering in the summer of 2016, at University of Missouri of Science and Technology, that explored the different engineering majors. She came out of the week long camp, desiring to learn more about computer engineering. As a junior, she was driven to learn more about computer science. Reagan took the Advanced Placement Computer Science course all year, where she has learned Scratch, JavaScript, Python and C++. Reagan enjoyed this class tremendously, one of her favorite parts was learning about Virtual Reality and working with Google Cardboard. Along with AP Computer Science last year, Reagan was the Vice President in “Girls Who Code” at Ursuline Academy, she was so excited to be in this position because she led and helped her fellow classmates interested in coding and computer science. Reagan was chosen to take part in the WorldWide Technology STEM Hackathon with 8 fellow classmates at Ursuline Academy. Her classmates and her brainstormed ideas that could help Ursuline Academy students through STEM. In the end, the team created a virtual tour of Ursuline Academy, won the 2nd place title, and $5,000 for the school. Ursuline Academy was the only all-girls team in the competition. During her junior year, she was awarded the NCWIT National Honorable Mention 2017 and NCWIT 2017 Award for Aspirations in St. Louis & Southern Illinois. This past summer, Reagan was chosen and received a scholarship to Kode with Klossy, a two-week long summer camp founded by supermodel Karlie Kloss. At the camp, Reagan shined, she created a A Frame VR learning planets game created to hopefully benefit young students. Reagan created a NASA API webpage, Bootstrap webpage about space, and is currently working on a Bootstrap webpage to outline facts showing studies and research on curing cancer. Not only is Reagan involved in computer science she has also been balancing 7 years of school volleyball, 4 years club volleyball, 4 years of Student Council, an Ambassador for Ursuline Academy, and a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society at her high school who volunteers with Girls and Boys Club. Reagan believes in giving back to the community by volunteering, she has already served 200 hours to her community through the past four years of high school. In the future, Reagan believes she will be either a computer scientist or computer engineer, or civil engineer. Using her degree, she believes she will be solving issues related to STEM, volunteering in third-world countries like Ghana or Jamaica while teaching IT to middle-schoolers or high-schoolers.