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Junior Geek of the Month: Madisen Cordell wins Amazon scholarship to pursue computer science

When Madisen Cordell was in elementary faculty, a instructor used to carry her into the hallway to offer her tougher math issues. Now a highschool senior, Cordell continues to be being referred to as out by academics, this time to be taught throughout a category that she had been chosen to obtain an Amazon Future Engineer scholarship.

For Cordell, the distinction is recognition of her success at Lake Stevens Excessive College in Lake Stevens, Wash., and it’s an enormous assist as she heads off to school this fall. Of the 100 recipients from underserved and underrepresented communities to be chosen by Amazon, Cordell is the lone Washington state winner.

And it’s why she’s GeekWire’s Junior Geek of the Month for Could. The month-to-month honor, introduced by Northern Trust, acknowledges proficient younger students, innovators, creators and entrepreneurs within the Pacific Northwest.

“I’ve at all times been actually into science and math, these have at all times been my favorites,” Cordell mentioned. “I hadn’t actually gotten into laptop engineering particularly till this yr.”

She’ll have the possibility to get far more into it as she pursues a level in laptop science and math at Western Washington College. Amazon awarded $four million in scholarships in what’s now the third yr of this system. College students obtain $10,000 a yr for a complete of as much as $40,000zero in addition to the possibility for a paid software program engineering internship at Amazon the summer season after their freshman yr.

Madisen Cordell takes a selfie together with her Amazon scholarship prize field. (Photograph courtesy of Madisen Cordell)

Final summer season, Cordell was searching for issues she might be taught on-line totally free and determined coding would in all probability be an excellent factor to apply.

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“I simply actually adore it. I believe it’s actually enjoyable,” she mentioned, including that it propelled her to e-mail her faculty counselor and swap into AP laptop science for the following faculty yr. “I simply had much more enjoyable in that class.”

Her laptop science instructor later shared a hyperlink for the Amazon scholarship software and Cordell crammed it out that night time.

“I actually didn’t give it some thought once more till it seems I gained it. It was fairly loopy,” she mentioned.

Cordell isn’t certain what profession path she’ll pursue. She desires to have an open thoughts and discover one thing that she’s keen about in faculty. She likes laptop science as a result of she’s introduced with an issue and there’s a path to observe to unravel it.

“I identical to how there’s a resolution,” she mentioned. “There’s the steps that you just work by and there’s the language that you just be taught and there’s instruments you may get to make a fair higher resolution and simply clear up issues in an actual manner. However you additionally get the possibility to be artistic in the way you do this.”

Madisen Cordell holds the “prime presenter” award throughout her Youth Aerospace Program internship. (Photograph courtesy of Madisen Cordell)

Cordell is concerned in her faculty’s key membership and says they do lots of group service. She likes to assist folks. She’s additionally into arts and crafts, is an avid reader and member of her faculty’s guide membership, and did a earlier internship by Goodwill’s Youth Aerospace Program.

She’ll work this summer season at Padded Spaces, a Lake Stevens enterprise run by her grandmother that makes stands for laptop tablets — and which will be discovered on Amazon. She’d been saving to go to school however is grateful that she doesn’t have to fret about it now. She has a single mother and three youthful sisters.

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“I believe it’s loopy that such a giant firm even is aware of who I’m. That’s actually weird to me to consider.” Cordell mentioned of Amazon. “I do form of want that I didn’t need to take cash from such a giant firm and that training wasn’t one thing you needed to ‘beg’ for. I simply want that extra folks might have alternatives like this.”

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GeekWire will function a brand new Junior Geek of the Month in profiles meant to seize how they want to make a constructive affect on the world by their geeky pursuits. As well as, they’ll obtain particular recognition from our challenge associate, Northern Belief.

Have you learnt an distinctive Junior Geek between the ages of 12 to 20 who’s going to alter the world? Submit a nomination.

Nominees should be residents of the Pacific Northwest, and parental info should be included for these nominees underneath the age of 18. Jr. Geeks might nominate themselves however please be sure you embody your guardian or guardian’s contact info.

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