Meet Paola Gallegos

Paola Gallegos

By Joan Frances –

At the Harmony School of Innovation in Katy, students are encouraged to learn through a high standard of academics and extracurricular activities. Senior Paola Gallegos has spent the past four years at her school becoming a strong ambassador and role model to her peers. She is positive and motivated and is looking forward to a successful future.

Gallegos has taken Advanced Placement classes throughout her high school career. She is an AP Scholar and the historian of the National Honor Society.

For the past four years, Gallegos has led and organized the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics team. She is the Team Captain of the Royal Robotics #9840 and has been recognized for her leadership skills. “We recently had a competition that allowed us to move past to the regional level, where we competed with more teams around the area,” said Gallegos. “My team received the first place Inspire Award. This award recognizes teams for achieving greatness in all parts of FIRST, which includes programming, robot design and the engineering notebook. This is also an award that my team consistently gets. Being a leader in robotics has allowed me to grow as a person as I get to guide others. After I joined robotics, my life completely changed. I learned to understand how people worked and how to make executive decisions for the benefit of the team. In National Honor Society, my fellow officers and I try our best to set up service projects in which we can interact with others and demonstrate to our members what affect our organization has on others.”

Gallegos has two favorite teachers, Mr. Ramazan Ozdemir and Ms. Theresa Gray. “Mr. Oz is my physics teacher and robotics mentor. I always loved going to his classes as he made rigorous topics easier to understand. As our robotics mentor, Mr. Oz has also stayed many late nights with us, dedicating a lot of his time to help us prepare for our upcoming competitions. Mr. Oz constantly teaches us how to make connections between physics and robotics so that we can better design the robot. Ms. Gray always remains true to herself and loves to help her students. She constantly ensures that her students are engaged in the classroom and always seeks ways to improve her teaching for the benefit of her students. She makes a topic like history come to life with her thorough explanations and fun classwork. Both teachers make school interesting.”

Robotics is the activity Gallegos treasures the most about high school. “I have gone through so many experiences, been taught so many lessons and have become inspired by robotics. I personally believe I would not be the person I am today if I had not joined robotics. The friendships and memories I have made are priceless, and I would not change them for anything in the world.”

Gallegos lives her life diligently, always trying to do the best she can. “I strive to give 100% to any work that I do, always ensuring that I try my hardest. I strongly believe that nothing is impossible if you work hard enough for it. Personally, once I set my goal, I do everything in my power to make it happen.”

In addition to her commitment to her school, Gallegos generously donates her free time engaging in a variety of volunteer opportunities on campus and throughout her community.

Gallegos will be attending Texas A&M College Station with the Posse Foundation Scholarship and will major in Computer Science. Congratulations Paola Gallegos for your positive outlook and undeniable leadership skills. Good luck as you take the next step to making your goals a reality.