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When Madisen Cordell was in elementary faculty, a trainer used to convey her into the hallway to offer her more difficult math issues. Now a highschool senior, Cordell continues to be being referred to as out by academics, this time to be taught throughout a category that she had been chosen to obtain an Amazon Future Engineer scholarship.

For Cordell, the honour is recognition of her success at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Wash., and it’s an enormous assist as she heads off to varsity this fall. Of the 100 recipients from underserved and underrepresented communities to be chosen by Amazon, Cordell is the lone Washington state winner.

And it’s why she’s GeekWire’s Junior Geek of the Month for May. The month-to-month honor, introduced by Northern Trust, acknowledges proficient younger students, innovators, creators and entrepreneurs within the Pacific Northwest.

“I’ve always been really into science and math, those have always been my favorites,” Cordell mentioned. “I hadn’t really gotten into computer engineering specifically until this year.”

She’ll have the possibility to get rather more into it as she pursues a level in pc science and math at Western Washington University. Amazon awarded $4 million in scholarships in what’s now the third yr of this system. Students obtain $10,000 a yr for a complete of as much as $40,0000 in addition to the possibility for a paid software program engineering internship at Amazon the summer time after their freshman yr.

Madisen Cordell takes a selfie together with her Amazon scholarship prize field. (Photo courtesy of Madisen Cordell)

Last summer time, Cordell was in search of issues she might be taught on-line free of charge and determined coding would most likely be a great factor to apply.

“I just really love it. I think it’s really fun,” she mentioned, including that it propelled her to electronic mail her faculty counselor and change into AP pc science for the subsequent faculty yr. “I just had even more fun in that class.”

Her pc science trainer later shared a hyperlink for the Amazon scholarship utility and Cordell crammed it out that evening.

“I really didn’t think about it again until it turns out I won it. It was pretty crazy,” she mentioned.

Cordell isn’t certain what profession path she’ll pursue. She desires to have an open thoughts and discover one thing that she’s enthusiastic about in faculty. She likes pc science as a result of she’s introduced with an issue and there’s a path to comply with to unravel it.

“I just like how there is a solution,” she mentioned. “There’s the steps that you work through and there’s the language that you learn and there’s tools you can get to make an even better solution and just solve problems in a real way. But you also get the chance to be creative in how you do that.”

Madisen Cordell holds the “top presenter” award throughout her Youth Aerospace Program internship. (Photo courtesy of Madisen Cordell)

Cordell is concerned in her faculty’s key membership and says they do a number of neighborhood service. She likes to assist folks. She’s additionally into arts and crafts, is an avid reader and member of her faculty’s e book membership, and did a earlier internship via Goodwill’s Youth Aerospace Program.

She’ll work this summer time at Padded Spaces, a Lake Stevens enterprise run by her grandmother that makes stands for pc tablets — and which may be discovered on Amazon. She’d been saving to go to varsity however is grateful that she doesn’t have to fret about it now. She has a single mother and three youthful sisters.

“I think it’s crazy that such a big company even knows who I am. That’s really bizarre to me to think about.” Cordell mentioned of Amazon. “I do kind of wish that I didn’t have to take money from such a big company and that education wasn’t something you had to ‘beg’ for. I just wish that more people could have opportunities like this.”

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GeekWire will function a brand new Junior Geek of the Month in profiles meant to seize how they need to make a optimistic influence on the world via their geeky pursuits. In addition, they’ll obtain particular recognition from our challenge accomplice, Northern Trust.

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