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Leaders in Learning: Boise student excels in STEM

If you ask Sofia, she'll tell you that being successful is just about finding something you love doing! (KBOI Staff)

A student in the Treasure Valley is helping pave the path for women in the field of STEM.

Sofia Edgar is a junior at Timberline High School and you could say she's a cut above average!

She is taking five AP classes and an online course through NASA.

Sofia is co-captain for an all-girl FIRST Robotics team sponsored by Boise State.

She's part of her school's science quiz bowl team, a volunteer at the Discovery Center and the Boise Philharmonic.

She plays violin in the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Plus, on top of all of that, she's one of only four students in the entire nation selected by Dartmouth to go on a student expedition to Antarctica this winter.

It's no secret that Sofia stays busy... and she wouldn't want it any other way!

"I am really creative, I love art, music, and I also really like focusing on technical projects like engineering," said Sofia Edgar. "I am really hands on. So, I love working in the machine shop, cutting metal, it's really fun!"

Anyone who meets Sofia can see her passion for STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and math.

"We would give her an impossible task and she would be like 'oh yeah, I can handle that,'" said Riley Purvis, a former teammate of Sofia's. "She would do it so humbly and she would nail it every single time... just proving that like oh yeah, we can handle it just fine and women can do it just fine!"

If you ask Sofia, she'll tell you that being successful is just about finding something you love doing!

"I think there are a lot more people like me than meets the eye," said Sofia. "I think that it really just takes luck and opportunities to get where I am today. I think if we helped more people out and showed them things they enjoy, there would be a lot more stellar people."

If you know a student, teacher, or school leader who deserves to be recognized, send an email to ataylor@kboi2.com. They could be featured during our KBOI 2News Leaders in Learning segment sponsored by Cap Ed Credit Union.

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