SOUTHINGTON - Southington High School Salutatorian Chloe Becquey will continue her studies at the University of Connecticut, where she will major in computer science and possibly double major in math or statistics.
Becquey said she hadn’t touched computer coding until her sophomore year. She was inspired when she attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference, where she met a data scientist who could use math in order to better predict when people might suffer a stroke.
“I knew then that it was something I wanted to do,” she said. “I wanted to save someone’s life, too.”
Becquey said she liked having access to many advanced-placement classes at Southington High School, which helped her earn college credits.
“I have enough credits where I’m basically halfway through my sophomore year,” she said.
Becquey was treasurer of the Women in Science and Engineering program, co-captain of the school math team and an officer in the school’s Model United Nations. She was treasurer of the French Club Honor Society and a member of the National Honor Society and School Orchestra. Her volunteer work included student leadership and tutoring. She was a mentor to the FIRST Lego League and a computer science mentor with the Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. club, where she taught kids to use MIT’s App Inventor.
Becquey said she has always loved school and that doing well felt as if it came naturally.
“At the end of my freshman year, I found out I was on track to become salutatorian and so I decided I wanted to keep it up,” she said.
Besquey said that she is excited to get out into the world. Her advice for her fellow students is to “not worry all the time.”
“I spent too much of my time on the verge of a panic attack over small assignments,” she said. “I could have definitely taken time to breathe a bit more.”