Student Spotlight: Avery Walters

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Lafayette High School PTSA Scholarship

What are you most proud of achieving in your school career so far?  

I gave life to Lafayette High School's STEM Club in my sophomore year and Eco-Club in my junior year. It is in creating such stages for passionate discussion, networking, and action that I find great pleasure. I am one of many passionate students at Lafayette High School, and it is in everyone's best interest to enable every such student to succeed so that they, too, may better the world.

Where are you going to college? Why did you choose that school?

I will attend the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar. I've chosen to do because of the incredible freedoms offered to me as such. I will be able to study free of any curriculum requirements and do so within a community of similarly passionate and curious peers, not to mention the wonderful opportunities for networking that come with joining an elite intellectual community. I cannot overstate my excitement for being a part of such a vibrant group of avid learners.

What do you plan to study and what attracted you to that field?

I've found that my passions for leadership, education, and sustainability are constants in my life. I'll likely study either Data Science or Systems Engineering-- fields that both make way for my wide array of interests. However, it's important to emphasize a key advantage of the Echols program in this regard: as a student free of many curricular requirements, I have the expanded opportunity to spend my time outside of the classroom, where it is perhaps even more valuable. I anticipate taking advantage of this to gain invaluable experience in at least a few of the fields that entice particular interest, namely botany, machine learning, and architecture, among others.

If you know already, what do you hope to do after college? 

There's the rub. I love to identify myself as a dreamer and visionary. President of the United States? Astronaut? Why not both? I would be immensely grateful to help make meaningful developments in the fields of machine learning and big data, although I imagine that my identity as a renaissance man wouldn't let me do any one thing for too long. As I mentioned, I take pride in my passion for sustainability (And why wouldn't I? An unsustainable route for humanity just doesn't seem to cut it.). I have the ambition to serve in developing designs in sustainability, including infrastructure, urban design, and homes-- an architectural style that satisfies the ecosystem, the economy, and our own health and happiness.

What is one fun fact about you that you would like to share?

I juggle!