As a hardworking, motivated high school student with a laser focus on college, Willa found herself unique in her ambition within her small town. Peers called her “crazy” for setting high expectations and goals to move out of state and attend college. Willa was the Cross Country captain, head delegate of Model UN, and worked part-time at the YMCA teaching swim lessons. Her experience in Model UN ignited a passion for international politics, another area that set her apart from the people in her town.
Majoring in chemical engineering at Colorado State University, she is motivated to create environmentally friendly chemicals to use in farming towns like her own.