2) I hope to participate in ecology research to better understand and spread awareness about environmental issues to benefit the planet and humans alike. I also intend to further my writing and communication skills in both Spanish and English in order to become a better leader in the science community and help essential knowledge reach more people.
3) I'm most proud of my success in Science Olympiad. I've earned medals at both the regional and state level in various events, including ornithology, protein modeling, green generation, cell biology, and fossils. Beyond the awards, I'm so grateful for the knowledge and lifelong friends I've gained through my involvement with this organization. Without the hours I put into Scioly in high school, I'd never have discovered my passion for birds, plants, and the environment.
4) Mr. LaScala was my most influential teacher at LHS. In both Honors and AP Biology, Mr. LaScala exceeded the standard curriculum. He cared about each student, taking a genuine interest in our passions and goals. He incorporated plant labs to fuel my love for botany, giving me hands-on experiences to see what a biology career could be like. His teaching philosophy helped me thrive, too: he catered to countless learning styles and always checked in to make sure we were getting it. I always felt supported and heard. Beyond classwork, Mr. LaScala set up Zoom calls with real working biologists, giving us an authentic look at life beyond college. Mr. LaScala helped my budding love for biology bloom, and I’m so grateful he’s been a part of my high school journey.
5) I would like to thank all of the Lisle Alumni for their dedication to supporting students through higher education and their generosity in providing me with this scholarship. I'm so grateful not only for the monetary support but for the recognition of my hard work as a science student at Lisle. I feel that all the hours and energy put into my four years at Lisle have paid off. Thank you so much for helping me as I begin my college journey! Your kindness and support will not be forgotten, even as I head off to new opportunities in Georgia. Thank you again!