Bloomington Jefferson senior engineers a bright future

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Not much fazes Bloomington Jefferson senior Amelia Elverson.

"I don't stress out very easily," says Amelia.

And that's a good thing because with Amelia's schedule you could totally understand it if she did.

Amelia is the captain of the math team, captain of the Science Olympiad,a member of the National Honor Society, an A.P. Scholar with distinction, and perhaps most important she's a member of Jefferson's Connection Show Choir, which was at least partly responsible for her unflappable demeanor.

"I really, really liked having music part of my day, every day," says Amelia. "Like, it was a huge stress reliever. Obviously, there's kind of a need for that in my schedule."

Somehow Amelia forged her 4-point-plus GPA while working 20-25 hours a week, logging more than 600 volunteer hours, and working with girls through a program called Women in Engineering.

"Hopefully help them see that women do have the opportunity to do that and you know, get them involved so they can take classes in high school and further go into college and continue," says Amelia.

Amelia, who spends part of her day at Normandale Community College through the PSEO program, plans to study computer engineering in the fall at Cornell University, with a long-term goal of working in patent law.

Says Amelia "Helping people be able to use what they've developed and make it, you know, sellable, I guess."

Perhaps the only thing that would upset Amelia Elverson would be if someone accused her of having been too busy to help others.

"I hope I made someone feel good about themselves at some point," says Amelia. "Made a positive impact on someone, I don't know."

Don't worry Amelia, we think you're probably safe on that one.


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