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sity of Virginia, Washingparents and teachers, she
ton and Lee University,
has been able to step
NAVAJO
Christopher Newport
outside her comfort zone
Sanctioned by the tribe,
University, Virginia Tech,
and have experiences
Navajo Preparatory School
and Virginia Wesleyan
that will help shape her
offers a challenging
curriculum, including
College.
future.
the International
"I want to explore the
A senior at Navajo
Baccalaureate Program,
world
and see what it
Preparatory School,
to college-bound
students.
offers," she says, "and to
Tallas has taken advanuse my skills to help the
tage of opportunities to
environment in different
explore a number of
possible career paths. As a member of AISES regions and make a positive impact on
other lives." Her ultimate hope is that once
since her freshman year, she has particishe gains enough experience, she will one
pated in various science competitions and
day return to her community and help her
other events within the STEM fields. "It
people with their environmental issues.
allows me to represent my Navajo culture
"I also want to spread the Gospel to
proudly in whatever career path I choose,"
people around the world and to those in my
she says of her AISES affiliation. Through
community, because without God I wouldn't
her involvement in clubs and activities
be the person I am today," she adds. Tallas
related to the sciences, she gained new skills
doesn't just talk about giving back - she's
and formulated a concrete goal for her
actively working toward a better future for
academic future.
herself and those around her.
After high school, Tallas plans to pursue
Since her freshman year at Navajo
a degree in environmental science and
Prep, Tallas has been creating science fair
become a researcher. Colleges she is
projects. Most of these projects focus on
currently considering include the Univer-

engineering and solar energy, either to
produce electricity or to heat water for
general use. Tallas recently completed
a science project titled "Thin-Panel,
Cylinder-Arrayed, Solar Water Heater."
Based on her results, she says, "It was able
to heat up water, which was pretty
awesome because something I built
actually works!"
In addition to her family, Tallas has
her perseverance and strength to thank
for getting her this far and allowing her
to succeed. "No matter how many times
I fail, I never give up," she says. "Being
positive and having faith has allowed me
to go through adversities and come out
stronger than before."
Tallas has wise advice for other high
school students who hope to go to college.
"Don't ever let your circumstances stop
you from succeeding," she says. "When
life gets tough, remember all those people
who believe in you. Don't forget about
your passions and your life goals. Have
faith and be hopeful in everything you do."
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