BLIANE, Minn - Look in on any advanced placement class and you'll have a difficult time singling out one student. To even be in the class a student must possess a certain amount of drive and a requisite amount of drive.
So, to distinguish one above any other, there must be a certain something that motivates that student to go beyond what the others are doing, and for Blaine senior Paige Thermos, perhaps that motivation came from a local TV news segment.
"I watch your show every morning and I was shocked", said Paige, after finding out she'd been selected as a KARE 11 Academic All-Star.
"I probably started in the 6th grade 'cause that's when I started getting up early but, when I watch Academic All-Star I always wanted to be an Academic All-Star, so I was shocked that I was actually picked."
A senior in Blaine's center for engineering, math and science -- or, CEMS program, Paige has long-range goals of a career in engineering.
An honor student with a 4.0 GPA, Paige's senior CEMS project requires her and two partners to build something that hasn't already been made. And, while that requires extensive work outside school, Paige still finds time to tutor others, part of almost 100-hours of volunteer hours she logged prior to her senior year.
Paige says, she feels lucky to have been able to be a part of Blaine's CEMS program, and she wants younger girls to know that not only is engineering cool, but, you can make a pretty good living at it, too.