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NAME: Cori Nelson
HIGH SCHOOL: Lamar High School
ACHIEVEMENTS: When Cori was eleven years old, her family home was burned down in a fire that left she and her family homeless. They spent many months living in and out hotel rooms searching for a safe home. This situation, paired with financial struggles, created a very hard as they couldn't afford her uniforms, school supplies, or even backpacks. Despite her circumstances, Cori was able to engage in more extra-curricular activities like soccer and cheerleading and she was able to raise her grades. She now participates in many school clubs and programs such as Women In STEM and Lamar Friendship Without Borders and continues her academic success.
GOALS: Cori would like to study computational biology. She plans to become a bioinformatics scientist and hopes to use computer science and technological programs to solving real-world problems.