Zoe exemplifies the all-around student at Lakeside High School and is well-deserving of this award.
Zoe considers her participation in the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program to be her greatest achievement during high school. She worked hard throughout high school and the application process in order to attend, but then worked even harder during the program to maximize her experience. Encouraged by her experiences at GGHP, Zoe took AP Computer Science and applied for a job as an Outreach Assistant for the Institute of Computing Education (ICE) at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing. Zoe began leading robotics and computing workshops for K-12 students on the Georgia Tech campus and at local Girl Scout camps. The job combined Zoe’s interest in computer technology with her passion for community service.
During her four years at Lakeside, Zoe was involved in numerous academic, community service, sports and arts activities and clubs. She was a member of the National Honor Society (11, 12) and served as President during her senior year; she was on the High Honor Roll with Distinction all four years. Zoe was in the International Key Club (9-12), the BETA Club (9-11), Spanish Honor Society (10-12), Latin Club (11), Art Club (9, 10), Valhalla yearbook staff (10, 12), Wellness Club (11, 12) and she served as a Class Senator for the Student Government Association (10 -12). During senior year she was the Lakeside representative on the Dekalb County Student Advisory Committee. Additionally, Zoe was on several Lakeside sports teams including swim team (11, 12), JV soccer and JV cross country (9, 10) and the powder puff football team (11, 12). Outside of school Zoe played soccer at TYSA (2006 – 2011) and swam on the Leafmore Creek Park summer swim team (1998 – 2013).
Zoe is a talented photographer and videographer, which she proved by winning awards in the PTA Reflections Arts Contest in 9th, 10th and 11th grades. She placed at the school, county and statewide level with her film and photo work. Zoe also has a love for science and was awarded the Science Fair American Meteorological Society Outstanding Achievement Award, while she also placed at the school and county level Science Fair with her Environmental Management Project.
As if she wasn’t busy enough, Zoe also found time to devote to community service through participation in Relay for Life (9 – 12), volunteering at Special Olympics (9 – 12), Project Open Hand (9, 12), Fernbank Forest Clean-Ups (9, 10, 11), tutoring/mentoring underprivileged youth and going on a Spanish Honor Society mission trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2012.
Zoe is going to Stanford University and plans to expand her knowledge of programming languages and development while exploring all aspects of computer science. Her future goal is to work for a major software company developing the technology of the future. She also plans to continue serving as a role model, empowering women and other underrepresented minorities to pursue computer science.