One of this year’s Flinn Scholars is Ivette Montes, a Westwood High School senior in her school’s International Baccalaureate program. The Mesa resident plans on attending Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University to study mechanical engineering.
“I first developed my interest for STEM during my participation in the Westwood FIRST Robotics Club,” Montes said. “I helped design, manufacture and build a robot for two different competition seasons, and I fell in love with engineering in the process.”
She’s also excited about ASU’s culture of embracing diversity that she always enjoyed in her school’s robotics program.
“I hope to add to this culture by continuing to break societal norms as a Hispanic woman in STEM and show young women who are just like me that they can also pursue an education and career in STEM,” Montes said.
A close friend in the International Baccalaureate program received the Flinn scholarship last year, and motivated Montes to apply.
“My English teacher, Mrs. Harper, helped me write my essays and she in addition to some other teachers and administrators helped me prepare for the interview,” Montes said. “I could not have gotten to where I am without their constant support and guidance.”
When Montes heard she was named a Flinn Scholar, she thanked everyone who helped her along the way – teachers, family, and the two other Flinn Scholars at Westwood who went through the process, Maeve Kennedy and Andrew Roberts.