This past week has been crazy! So crazy, that I have had no time to update this website with my current events. Sorry about that! However, with this past weeks crazy events over I can finally sip a calming cup of hot cocoa and write a new blog. So this past week, since last Monday, I have had my last All County Orchestra concert, the BISFA Phantoms last VEX robotics competition of the season, performed my last high school jury, received the AP Scholars with Honors award, and ended my second marking period. It's pretty crazy to think about: all these lasts and firsts. I am going to miss everything. Every nerve-wracking Jury, 12 am VEX workshops, and performing with the All-County Orchestra contributed to a part of my life. I will carry these fond memories with me forever.
In addition, I am super honored that I received the AP Scholars with Honors award! I can't help but think that all my hard work paid off! So many hours spent studying AP U.S Government and Politics (as a math person, never again).
Thanks for reading this short update on my life. I hope I can continue doing this regularly cause I enjoy looking back on my week. It is a bit like reminiscing. Have a wonderful morning, afternoon, and night!
My personal favorite panel was a live animation with Naoki Yoshibe, an animator that animated the first opening of Jo Jo's bizarre adventure! It was an amazing and really inspiring experience! It was really unbelievable what he could animate and draw in under only an hour! I really enjoyed all of the panels we were able to catch! I really wish I could clone myself so I could go to more panels!!!
I also really enjoyed putting together my own cosplay for the event! Cosplaying a passion of mine because I love bringing characters to life through the art of makeup and costume design! I love how no matter your race, height, or weight everyone and anyone can cosplay! I love seeing the unique and creative twists people can bring to the table!!!On July 26th, 27th, and the 28th, my family and I went to the annual Otakon convention hosted at Washington D.C!!! This has been the third year my and family and I have gone to Otakon! Since they moved the convention to Washington D.C, it has almost become a summer tradition!
Otakon is one of my favorite events of the year! Not only do my sister and I get to share our love of Japanese animation with everyone else, we get to participate in panels, meet world-famous Japanese animators, directors, song-writers, voice-actors, and producers, and meet other passionate cosplayers!
If you haven't seen my latest Hackster Projects, I provide more information about the specifics on the Home Page, and I link I provided that leads to the projects Hackster page. Right now in this blog, I will mostly be going over the motivations behind my projects and what I hope to achieve.
Since 1998, children especially under the age of 2, have been incredibly vulnerable to the dangers of heatstroke. In the year 2018, 52 children were reported dead after being trapped inside an overheated vehicle. Even with windows left slightly open, the temperature inside a car can increase by 20 degrees in 10 minutes, and 50 degrees in 30 minutes. For a child's body, which heats up to three to five times quicker, this is a serious problem. After reading an article articulating this exact problem, I was at first shocked and horrified. Shocked at how many fatalities there were, and horrified that there wasn’t a solution yet. Hopefully with this project, it will be the stepping stones to creating new safe and reliable devices to help ensure the safety of others and help future children from becoming trapped inside overheated vehicles.
As you may know, I have been looking into establishing a robotics club within my high school. After speaking again with my school's Principle, Dr .Hovermale, we were able to plan out the last remaining details to make the Robotics Club official!!! Volvo was even kind enough to provide my team, the Quantum Harmony Bio-dragons, with $1200 worth of VEX materials, which I then donated for BISFA to use. Again I am positive there will be people interested in joining and I can't wait to see what we may accomplish. The team will officially be able to join VEX robotics tournaments next year so make sure to keep an eye out for the first ever Barbara Ingram Robotics team! Thanks for everyone's support and to my parents and BISFA administration for always believing! Special thank you for Dr. Hovermale for being so patient and enthusiastic and to Mrs. Swanson for agreeing to become the clubs administrator!!!
On Saturday February 23rd, the QH BioDragons participated in the Maryland VEX All State Competition. Sixty teams from all around the state competed to win only five tickets to the VEX Globals competition. Once again, I was more than thrilled to already participate in the VEX all States competition! It's my sixth year in a row participating, and the adrenaline never gets old. If you love something. it's worth working hard for, and I've never been happier to see all my hard work pay off. At the end of the day I was able to place 16th in my division! Unfortunately, I was not able to receive a ticket to Globals. No words can describe the amount of despair I felt not being able to achieve my goal. However this feeling of regret will only help fuel my resolve to do everything in my power to make it to Globals next year. I will go to Global's next year. That I promise myself.
Thank you for listening and cheers to VEX season 2018-2019!!!!!
Wonderful news! I met a wonderful surprise when I checked my emails to find that I received the National Hispanic Recognition! I was beyond stunned and speech-less! Thank you for recognizing my efforts and I'm excited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program!!! What a pleasant surprise to end the day with!!!!!
I have been looking into establishing a robotics club within my high school. I have already spoken with my school's Principal and he seemed just as excited as I was to establish the club. Besides from hearing back on a sponsorship, the pieces are all in place. I'm positive there will be people interested in joining (I have already established a group of students interested in participating) and I can't wait to see what we may accomplish. The team will (hopefully) be official sometime within the next two months. I will be sure to update when the club is made official by my school, so make sure to keep an eye out for the first ever Barbara Ingram Robotics team!
I had my first ever Junior Recital on January 30th! I was really, really nervous! Performing in front of people has always made me nervous, but I'm really glad I pushed through till the end! I had an amazing time playing with all my good friends (from left to right) Holly, Dani, and Emelline! Congratulations to my friends on a fabulous performance, I couldn't have asked for a better group to share a junior recital with! Their passion for music and positive encouragement has really touched my life. It has been a privilege getting to know everyone!
It has been a while since I've last updated the website and this blog! My apologies for not keeping everyone updated! When my seniors told me that junior year was the hardest year, they really were telling the truth. Junior year keeps me busy, that's for sure. These past two months I have been especially busy developing my robot for the upcoming VEX competitions. Actually last Saturday was the VOLVO sponsored county competition. I like to think that I did very well in the skills section of the competition! I did five more points than I thought I was able to do, and out of a 32 point scale it is certainly a lot (if I do say so myself). There is still a lot of things I need to update with my robot and I can't wait to see what I think up of next!!! I'm looking forward to the future and I hope everyone who reads this does too!!!!