Having been at Village since Elementary School, Olivia has explored a variety of passions in her time as a Viking. Her interests range from programming and technology to marketing and business.
The summer after her 10th grade year, Olivia interned in marketing at Pheramor, a company that combines artificial intelligence with genetic testing to match compatible users on an application. As she was learning all about marketing and technology, Olivia was simultaneously developing a speech-coaching application that she and a group of Vikings entered in The Conrad Challenge, a STEM and entrepreneurship competition. The group won first place and Olivia credits her summer internship for knowing how to professionally market their product, “I worked to make our app unique to competitors, using skills I’d developed at Pheramor.”
The same team of Vikings also participated in the OTC Challenge that same year, winning 1st place for presenting a solution to repurpose a depleted oil and natural gas field and/or facility by designing a system to safely and effectively capture carbon dioxide.
Along with winning these prestigious competitions came a world of opened opportunities for the group. They presented at the 2020 Spring SLECoP Convening, discussing their experience with entrepreneurship, the barriers that high school entrepreneurs face, and advice for how companies and schools can encourage student entrepreneurship. The group was also invited to Pennsylvania to present at ISTE, and they presented on their speech-coaching application and gave advice to educators on how to bring these kinds of innovative competitions in to their schools.
Olivia’s broad scope of interests is reflected in her accolades- she was awarded the Houston Aspirations in Computing Award with the National Center for Women and Information Technology, and also worked with several start-ups managing their social media marketing as a high schooler! Olivia’s initiative and drive earned her a well-deserved place at Trinity University, a highly selective school that accepts just 34% of applicants. Ranked in the top National Liberal Arts Colleges, Trinity is a great fit for Olivia. There she’ll continue to receive a well-rounded education, further allowing her to tackle the world’s big challenges.