When Madisen Cordell was in elementary faculty, a trainer used to carry her into the hallway to provide her more difficult math issues. Now a highschool senior, Cordell continues to be being known as out by lecturers, this time to be taught throughout a category that she had been chosen to obtain an Amazon Future Engineer scholarship.
For Cordell, the consideration 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 school 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 gifted 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 stated. “I hadn’t really gotten into computer engineering specifically until this year.”
She’ll have the possibility to get far more into it as she pursues a level in laptop science and math at Western Washington University. Amazon awarded $4 million in scholarships in what’s now the third 12 months of this system. Students obtain $10,000 a 12 months 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 season after their freshman 12 months.
Last summer season, Cordell was on the lookout for issues she might be taught on-line at no cost and determined coding would in all probability be an excellent factor to apply.
“I just really love it. I think it’s really fun,” she stated, including that it propelled her to electronic mail her faculty counselor and swap into AP laptop science for the subsequent faculty 12 months. “I just had even more fun in that class.”
Her laptop science trainer later shared a hyperlink for the Amazon scholarship utility and Cordell stuffed it out that night time.
“I really didn’t think about it again until it turns out I won it. It was pretty crazy,” she stated.
Cordell isn’t certain what profession path she’ll pursue. She desires to have an open thoughts and discover one thing that she’s obsessed with in school. She likes laptop science as a result of she’s introduced with an issue and there’s a path to observe to unravel it.
“I just like how there is a solution,” she stated. “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.”
Cordell is concerned in her faculty’s key membership and says they do numerous group service. She likes to assist individuals. 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 by Goodwill’s Youth Aerospace Program.
She’ll work this summer season at Padded Spaces, a Lake Stevens enterprise run by her grandmother that makes stands for laptop tablets — and which will be discovered on Amazon. She’d been saving to go to school 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 stated 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 characteristic a brand new Junior Geek of the Month in profiles meant to seize how they want to make a optimistic influence on the world by their geeky pursuits. In addition, they’ll obtain particular recognition from our undertaking companion, Northern Trust.
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