What are some of your most notable awards, honors, or achievements in academic or extracurricular areas? If any is especially important to you, tell us why.
Throughout my high school career, I have received multiple recognition awards related to my coursework. For example, I was awarded “Outstanding Student” honors in Spanish, math, and chemistry during my high school tenure. I also received a Letter of Commendation for the 2002 National Merit Scholarship program. I was awarded “School Techie” in recognition of my technical expertise and assistance in the school’s multimedia lab. Finally, I have consistently earned a place on my school’s Honor Roll for each semester during my high school career. The award that I hold in the highest regard of all is my Certificate of Completion for the High School Student Research Participation Program at Ernesto Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The administrators of this internship sought out students who had that special fascination with scientific knowledge; grades alone were not sufficient to guarantee an individual acceptance into that program. This award embodies the challenging summer I spent at the lab and the enormous amount of time I spent preparing for this fellowship. During my tenure, I worked alongside peers with stellar qualifications who pushed me to consistently turn in a high-quality performance on the job. Although the experience was decidedly stressful, I survived, and I view my Certificate of Completion as a sign that I am able to accomplish anything so long as I put my mind to it.