Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy senior Kendra Wheeler is far from an ordinary student, and with a 4.0 G.P.A, an ACT score well above the state average, a power mentorship, and extreme musical talent, Kendra is well on her way to achieving her dreams.
Kendra is currently a member of the student council, PMSA’s Go Green Club, and the Key Club. She is also a member of the honors saxophone quartet at Merit School of Music. As if that weren’t enough, Kendra also has an original engineering invention to her credit. She is working on her very own interactive metronome in her two year mentorship at Northrop Grumman Corporation. The device measures the sound waves from musical instruments. She hopes to have it completed by the end of this school year in order to seek an official patent. She is also pushing for another mentorship opportunity with Flash Point Academy to help her refine her skills in sound engineering.
“What I am doing now is great for preparing me for my future,” said Kendra. “I am learning so many things, including what it really means to keep working hard and to not give up.”
Kendra is interested in attending the University of Minnesota, Northwestern, Indiana State, or the University of Michigan to pursue music education and audio engineering. So far, the young engineer and musical protégé has developed an impressive resume for a high school senior. She gives a great deal of the credit for her success to her parents and her PMSA and Merit music teachers.
“I just want success,” she said. “I am really focused on working hard and accomplishing what I want to accomplish. My teachers say that I have the potential to be the greatest, and that is what I want to be. My parents have driven me. My teachers have also been big inspirations. Mr. Tracey and Mr. Pulacek have given me advice, and they really push me. They’ve helped me realize my potential.”
Kendra says she is really looking forward to finishing her metronome, graduation, saxophone playing, and college auditions.
Congratulations Kendra! Keep up the excellent work.