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During the second semester of her sophomore year, Desiree’s pre-calculus teacher quit, leaving the class with instability for the remainder of the year. Instead of sitting idly by, Desiree looked up the math curriculum for North Carolina, taught it to herself, and then taught her classmates. As vice president of the Math Honor Society, she dedicated her personal time to tutoring fellow students on multiple math classes and supporting the president, took initiative to get the club chartered to become the school’s first-ever recognized Mu Alpha Theta, an honor society for math students. Desiree also has a love for language, communication and literature. At Chapel Hill, she will major in linguistics with plans to become a speech-language pathologist.

Her honors math teacher and Math Honor Society Advisor says: “I have never met a more mature, ambitious, and involved student who makes her education and future plans her number one priority and focus.”