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STUDENT HIGHLIGHT: Ariana Barrios Recipient of the WIN Joy Goode Scholarship

July 26, 2012
    By participating in POWER SET, I have been able to fully understand my weaknesses and strengths. I have always known that I wanted to work in one of the STEM fields, but I didn't have a clear understanding of the skills required for each job. After a tour of UT Southwestern Medical School's Human Dissection and Anatomy Lab, I realized that dealing with real, human organs on lab tables wasn't the job for me. Then after a trip to a newborn nursery lab, I discovered that I didn't have the patience required to handle infants every day. My weaknesses were helpful in ruling out career choices.

    It was not until we toured SMU and visited their engineering program that I found the place where creativity brought possible solutions to problems. This possible career choice in engineering was only strengthened by the mentoring done by Carrie McBeth of Comanche Peak. It was very encouraging to have someone available to share their knowledge and experience to help guide you in the path you want to take. I enjoyed being able to see Mrs. McBeth at her work place where she showed me her designs and then put them into perspective when touring Comanche Peak.

    This fall I will be entering Tarleton State University, where I will begin their engineering program with college credit hours earned in high school. After graduating I plan on giving back to Glen Rose because I have seen first-hand what an impact you can have. Such as our visits with fifth graders from our school district, where we helped them explore the fun side of math and science with various activities.

    On a final note, I am thankful to the Nuclear Power Institute for presenting this organization to my school. I have never been in an organization like this, where the focus is encouraging young women to take part in STEM fields. I hope this organization continues to spread and change the route of many lives. Again, I would like to thank the Women in Nuclear for the help their scholarship has brought me.

    Ariana Barrios graduated cum laude from Glen Rose High School. She served as Secretary for POWER SET, Parliamentarian for National Honor Society, Co-editor of the yearbook, and Vice President of FCCLA. Ariana also competed in multiple UIL events. She plans to attend Tarleton University where she will major in Engineering Physics.

    Ariana Barrios was selected as the recipient of the Women in Nuclear (WIN) Joy Goode Scholarship.


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