First Name

Sarah

Last Name

C.

Bio

Sarah Cooper is a current senior at LaRue County High School. She is a member of the National Honor’s Society, the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), and Vex Robotics. Sarah is the first co-president of LaRue County High School’s Student Technology Leadership Program. Throughout the entirety of her high school career, she has rigorously pushed herself academically by taking all honors, advanced placement, and duel credit classes offered at the high school. Outside of her academic career, she also is very active within the community and state of Kentucky. She has maintained her position as Song Leader for four years at Friendship Baptist Church #2, and serves as the Primary Sunday School teacher. She is very passionate about helping others within her community, and volunteers on a weekly basis at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home. There, she helps with the Quality of Life Department by assisting with stimulating group activities and outings with the residents to engage them during their stay. In 2016, Cooper started the first technology program that teaches Sunrise Manor elders the basics of technology through the usage of Amazon Fire tablets. The program worked with Sunrise Manor to purchase Amazon Fire tablets, glass screen protectors, and protective cases. On Mondays at 3:30, Cooper and a group of students would work with the residents, and connect them to social media, games, and audio books (sponsored by the LaRue County Library). In 2017, Cooper created Operation Education, the first donation exchange programs that would collaborate schools with other schools in need to help raise and donate supplies. In 2018-2019, Cooper took her largest step yet, and created Innovative Females in Technology (IFIT). IFIT is the first all-girl program in the state of Kentucky. Over the span of ten weeks, fourth and fifth grade girls (from both Abraham Lincoln Elementary School and Hodgenville Elementary School) are taught the basics of coding, simple machinery, robotics, programming, and the basics of computers. In the first year alone, Innovative Females in Technology has effectively taught 75 participants with the help of Scratch, Code.Org, Code Monster, and Lego Education EV3 Mindstorms. IFIT is an AspireIT funded project, and was granted $2,000 to work with. Because of the large interest, the LaRue County Schools donated towards the program to help further interest. Alongside helping her local community, Cooper also reaches out to Louisville community as an English teacher for immigrant families that seek help for expanding their English skills at the Iroquois Public Library. Sarah has a strong passion for technology and forensics, and intends to use her advanced skills this upcoming fall as she attends Eastern Kentucky University to study Forensic Sciences. Her aspiration is to attend Texas State University to become a medical examiner.