Senior Kimberlee Shaw plans to attend the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the best undergraduate engineering school in the country, according to the U.S. News and World Report.
“I’ve considered getting my masters at graduate school; I want to become a mechanical scholar,” Shaw said. “I’m going into industrial system engineering to help make things more efficient and safe.”
Shaw values the opportunities she’s been offered with programming in robotics and equipment usage for AP physics, which she participates in outside school hours.
Shaw also mentioned how thoroughly she enjoyed her education at high school, from exploring concepts in physics to writing papers for English.
“I know I’m weird, but I love writing essays,” Shaw said. “I really enjoy physics. There’s a lot of working, a lot of learning. There was a period between winter break and spring break when everyday [AP Physics students] would have long labs and up to four hours of homework. It was hard for me, with maintaining that and social life and sleep. It requires balance,” Shaw said.
Looking at her achievements, Shaw has achieved much more than balance.
The National Center for Women and Information Technology admitted her into its program as a “NCWIT woman leader in computing and technology” along with senior Mary-Ann Cahoon for the Aspiration Award.
The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals certified Shaw as one of the Top 100 Missouri Scholars.
She is a National Merit Commended Scholar, and social studies teacher Nicholas Kirschman nominated her for the Eagle Award.