Within her three years in the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, Trish has used the program’s opportunities to immerse herself in leadership, personal growth, and science-related activities. She has competed in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) tournaments for two years as her team’s journal lead, and advanced to the FTC World Championship during their most recent regional competition. Beyond developing technical writing and mechanical skills, her involvement in robotics has helped her develop valuable connections with industry professionals and community youths interested in STEM.
As treasurer of Supporting Our Students (SOS) Club during its debut year at SCHS, she became aware of the opportunities that students at her school lack, and how to advocate for them. Using that insight, she co-created the Student Sanctuary, a website compiled with resources intended to help students navigate through high school turmoil.
In her free time, Trish enjoys playing a handful of instruments and playing tennis for her school’s team, of which she was JV co-captain. She also volunteers routinely with Second Harvest Food Bank, completing many tasks, such as sorting food at the organization’s warehouse and serving as a translator (Spanish & Vietnamese) for families registering for food pick-up.