STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Jasmine Carpitcher
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation citizen and Tahlequah High School junior Jasmine Carpitcher desires to become an aerospace engineer and is on her way after being accepted in a six-week science and engineering program this summer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“The program is called Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science, or MITES for short, and it is a residential program, so I will be at MIT to do that program. It basically introduces students who live in less high profile place and introduces them to engineering and helps them use their mathematical innovative skills to go towards a greater cause.”
She will attend the program from June 22 to Aug. 2.
Carpitcher was one of 80 chosen out of more than 2,000 applicants to apply and be accepted into the prestigious program.
“It’s a prestigious program that I am hoping will help me get into MIT when I apply for it in my senior year. I’ve always been interested in space and for a while I wanted to be an astronaut, but I learned I don’t meet the physical requirements to an astronaut. So I decided to be an aerospace engineer to go with designing the rockets that they use in space expeditions,” she said.
Because of her interest in engineering, Carpitcher takes classes through the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics and is involved in clubs surrounding mathematics at her school. She is also a member of the Cherokee Nation Youth Council, taking part in community outreach services and government observances.
“My main reason is that no matter what career a person has, government decisions are made. They affect everyone. They affect people in one way or another, and I want to be aware of that as I enter my adult life and that I’m not just blindly listening to what goes on in the government and what decisions are made,” she said.