Honors & Awards
In 2015, I was given the chance to perform a speech with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, on the importance of access to higher education. This event gave me a chance to advocate for my passions in front of an audience and allowed me to speak directly to leader Pelosi about some important issues my generation faces. The event can be seen here
Since meeting with Nancy Pelosi, I’ve undergone several steps to be more active in politics. I have met with all democratic congressional house representatives for my home state of New Mexico. During our meetings in D.C., I discussed key issues such as, better regulations on fracking, implementation of a carbon tax, and tax incentives for sustainable biofuel use. Now that I have permanently moved to Washington, I plan to continue my activism and make my voice heard with Washington’s local, state, and federal representatives. I see great potential in our state, and I want to be a part of our eventual green revolution.
During my trip to D.C., I met with former Congresswoman and current Governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham. She has been a big advocate for renewable energies in the state of New Mexico and has introduced several bills to address issues in the fracking industry. After our meeting, the congresswoman scheduled time out of her busy day to give me a personal tour with friends and family of the US Capital building. Photos can be found here
Graduating from the Santa Fe Community College marked a big step in my life. I am the first person in my family to graduate from college, and the education I received gave me the opportunity to move to Seattle to pursue my passions in mechanical engineering.
Due to my advocacy on campus, I was given the honor of being a valedictorian. Thanking my community for uplifting me in a time of need was extremely humbling. I hope to inspire my younger siblings to follow in my footsteps and fight for their passions no matter the challenges they may face.
Santa Fe Institute Prize for Scientific Excellence
In 2015, I was one of 10 High School recipients of The Santa Fe Institute Prize for Scientific Excellence. This award is given to high school students with academic excellence in science.