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Non-Traditional Students of the Month
DeSoto County Career Tech West
Posted On: Monday, January 09, 2017

Hannah Underwood

Hannah enjoys the CTC West Engineering program because it has linked her with like-minded students and allowed her to explore her STEM interests in a hands-on environment. Participating in the Engineering program has allowed her the opportunity to be involved in many engineering events. She is a member of the Robotics team, she currently serves as TSA treasurer, and she volunteered as a mentor for Teen Tech camp. Hannah has been accepted to Louisiana State University where she plans to study Coastal & Environmental Engineering.

Malikah Hasan
Malikah loves being involved in the CTC West Engineering program. She feels that the program has helped her to understand how to function in a male dominated career field and it has boosted her leadership skills. She attended the TSA State Competition, currently serves as TSA president, and is a leader in the classroom as well. Malikah will attend Mississippi State University and plans to pursue a career in Chemical Engineering.

Chelsea McGowan
The CTC West Engineering program has allowed Chelsea the opportunity to learn so many skills. She can operate a 3-D printer, program robots, prepare and deliver technical presentations, operate a laser engraver and work with CAD software. Being part of this program has allowed her to be a member of the Robotics team, serve as TSA treasurer, attend the TSA State Competition and serve as a mentor for Teen Tech camp. Next year Chelsea will attend Mississippi State University where she will study Industrial Engineering.

Kacie McMinn
Kacie’s creativity shines through her work in the Engineering class. From building a bridge, designing a robot and giving a presentation, her attention to detail is evident in all of her work. She is a member of the Desoto Central High Color Guard and a member of TSA. Kacie plans to attend Vanderbilt University to pursue a career in Child Psychology.

Reese Share
Reese enjoys having the freedom to figure things out for herself in the Engineering Lab. Through the CTC West Engineering Program, she has been able to develop and showcase her leadership skills by managing several team projects this year. Reese has participated in The University of Memphis E-Day Competition and is a member of both TSA and the Robotics team. In addition to playing piano and mandolin, Reese enjoys science and math. She plans on studying physics at Columbia University in New York.

Asija Woods
Asija enjoys the hands-on environment of the CTC West Engineering program. She is very creative and excels in the design aspect of engineering. She has developed great team management skills while working on class projects throughout the year. Asija is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of TSA and a member of the Southaven High Key Club. She plans on attending Howard University and majoring in Psychology.

Shakyla Gilmore
Shakyla loves learning to design and create new things in the hands-on environment of the CTC West Engineering program. She enjoys working in groups and spreading laughter and smiles as she works. She is a member of the Lake Cormorant Art Club and a member of TSA. Her favorite subjects are math and science and she loves learning about galaxies and new planets. Shakyla plans to major in Astronomy and Criminal Justice.

Trinity Roebuck
Trinity enjoys the hands-on environment of the CTC West Engineering program. She enjoys using her problem solving skills to design and build things in the lab. She had developed wonderful public speaking skills through the engineering program and excels at giving presentations. She is a cheerleader for Southaven High School and a member of TSA. She plans on attending The University Mississippi where she will major in Criminal Justice and minor in Civil Engineering.

Katrina McNeal
Katrina loves creating and building things in the CTC West Engineering program. She has enjoyed developing new friendships and meeting students from other schools within Desoto County. By participating in Professional Dress Days, preparing and delivering presentations and working with teams, she has improved her management and public speaking skills and gained confidence in herself and her ideas. Although Katrina is still not certain of her college plans, she is interested in both Savannah College of Art and Design and the University of Memphis.

Nahomi Lopez
Nahomi credit the CTC West Engineering program with helping her to realize that women can do the same type of work and careers as men! Working in groups has given her the opportunity to develop problem solving skills as well as management skills. She participated in the Teen Tech Camp, The University of Memphis E-Day competition and is a member of the Desoto County TSA. Nahomi plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she will study Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering.


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