Special To The Herald
PLAINVILLE- High school junior and aspiring engineer Rachel Parsons has received the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Medal for her early success in math and science at Plainville High School.
The medal, according to RPI Director of Undergraduate Admissions Karen Long, is awarded to members of a participating junior class who shows great promise regarding future careers as leaders, scientists, entrepreneurs, scholars and more.
“I was really happy [about the award], I didn’t know it existed [so] I was really excited to have that school as an option now,” Parsons said. “It opened up a new world of colleges I could look at.”
The now over 100-year-old recognition has been awarded to more than 5,000 high school students throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia and comes with a guaranteed four-year $25,000 scholarship for recipients who attend the institution.
Parson credited her good grades and ambition as the reasons she was honored with the award that one of the high school counselors originally recommended her for.
“Since I’m interested in going into engineering, [the school] thought I was a good fit for it,” she added.
Her love for numbers stems from summer coursework when she enrolled in an additional mathematics program.
“I took an extra math class over the summer going into my sophomore year and I really enjoyed it,” Parsons said. “I think that’s what really introduced me into my enjoyment of [it].”
Though Parson has yet to tour RPI, one of the main reasons she said she was excited to receive the award was because of the doors it would open, as she now looking into attending the private university in New York.
The RPI Open House for medalists will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 where hopeful students will have the chance to tour campus and explore all the university has to offer.
Within the next month, Parson will be entering her senior year at Plainville High School and will continue to challenge her skills by taking mechanical engineering, physics, statistics and her second year of calculus.