Stephanie Latortue graduated from Golden Gate High School in Naples, Florida in May 2017. She will attend Florida A&M University this fall where she plans to study Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. She aspires to pursue a career in the field of Biomedical Engineering where she can “extract principles, processes and materials that are forming the very basis of design methodology and apply them to medicine.” She immediately fell in love with ACT-SO after witnessing the talent, creativity, perseverance, and passion in each of the students involved in the program.
Stephanie received a gold medal in the Engineering category of the 2017 local Collier County ACT-SO branch competition for her award-winning design titled, The Kanimatronic Limb. This is “a design of a hand controlled by a voice recognition shield combined with an Arduino Uno circuit board to develop a thesis for a functioning prosthetic hand that will function close to normal range and motion ability of the human hand, while being affordable to the everyday amputee.” Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Stephanie has advanced to compete at the national ACT-SO competition in Baltimore, Maryland in the Engineering category this upcoming July !
Stephanie is a seasoned national ACT-SO competitor. For the past four years, including this year, Stephanie has been a gold medalist in the Engineering category at the local Collier County ACT-SO branch competition. She was given the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Cincinnati to compete in the national ACT-SO competition against other regional, first-place winners from all across the country. To her surprise, during both her freshman and junior year of high school, Stephanie received a bronze medal at the national competition for her projects, The Hydraulic Hand and The Hydro Voice Actuated Hand.
Nerves & Excitement
Nerves are replaced with pure excitement as Stephanie prepares to compete in her final national ACT-SO competition. She is looking forward to making the most out of her last year in the ACT-SO program and truly enjoying every second of her experience. From these competitions, she hopes to continue to grow and advance, both in her Engineering career and personally.
Taking a Look Backwards
When Stephanie reminisces on her experience in the ACT-SO program, what she loved the most was being able to travel the world and interact with brilliant, motivated people of color: “It was an experience filled with unforgettable memories and true diversity which is just amazing because all of these students are so driven by their talented souls and passions, and it’s not every day that I get to see that.” This program has enabled Stephanie to become more self-confident and believe that she truly can achieve her dreams and continue pursuing her distinct purpose on this Earth.
We wish you the best of luck, Stephanie, in the 2017 national ACT-SO competition!