Coral Gables senior Sabrina Ochoa recently discovered that she loves science.
“I didn’t really didn’t know I had this interest in science until last year,” she said.
What sparked her interest was an advanced biology class and Advanced Placement psychology. She now intends to major in neuroscience in college with the goal of becoming a neurologist.
That love of science is manifesting itself into a service project that will transform a storage closet at Gables into a science lab. The lab could be used for students working on projects or by a class.
She has applied for several grants in hopes of raising the $16,000 needed to buy seven lab tables and stools. The funds also will be used to pay for a goggle sanitizer.
“Right now it’s a storage room with a few fish tanks for a coral lab,” she said.
The project is her Creative Action Service project required by the International Baccalaureate program.
Ochoa’s excitement about science is shared and she got together with other students to start a Science National Honor Society club. She is vice president.
For the second year, she is editor-in-chief of CavsConnect, the school’s online newspaper.
“We added an opinion section and expanded our Spanish section for our Spanish readers,” she said.
Ochoa is co-president of the National Honor Society and in secretary of Executive Affairs for student activities. She also plans the school’s pep rallies.
“Although I don’t have an official title for this job, I have the ability to create a memorable experience for the students at Gables which is very important to me,” she said. “My love of Gables truly began at my first pep rally and it’s an honor to be involved in planning them.”
Ochoa has made it to the second round of the Posse Scholarship application process. Her top choice of a Posse school is Franklin and Marshall College. If she doesn’t receive that scholarship, she is considering Brown University, Vanderbilt and Northeastern.
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld