Terry Sanford High School
Meet Alexandra Arredondo
“Changing the World, One Project at a Time”
Everywhere Alexandra Arredondo goes, she always leaves her mark. Alexandra has a unique way of seeing the world. For her, there are always things that can be improved, and Alexandra sets out to do just that.
Alexandra returned to the United States in her freshman year after living in La Paz, Bolivia for five years. Immediately, at Terry Sanford High School, she dove into extracurricular activities, getting involved in all that she could. From being a member of the National Honor Society to serving as president of Key Club to even starting the school’s first Model United Nations, Alexandra has continued to excel as a leader and collaborator.
Additionally, Alexandra has been involved in the National Math Honor Society, Global Council, Terry Sanford’s 3D Printing Lab, voice/piano lessons, Varsity Swim, United Nations Girls' Education Initiative and the North Carolina Democrats Fellowship.
Although Alexandra has many interests, the 3D Printing Lab stands out as her favorite. As the director’s assistant and student lead, she advanced the development of the lab by programming 20+ 3D printers. She also assisted with teaching a 3D Printing course and was given the opportunity to assist with the beginning steps of assembling more than 500 3D printed masks during the beginning of the pandemic.
She is thankful for teachers like Mr. Thompson, who encouraged her and got her involved in 3D printing.
“Mr. Thompson has also always believed in me and has valued my opinion endlessly,” said Alexandra. “Since the moment he met me in my freshman biology class, he knew of my potential immediately. From classroom lunches to dreaming of the success the 3D Printing Lab would have, Mr. Thompson inspired me to be passionate about what I love and to pursue success.”
In the fall, Alexandra will attend Barnard College of Columbia University, an Ivy League and Historically Women’s College in Manhattan. She is a recipient of the National Math and Science Initiative’s STEM Star Scholarship Award.
Already, Alexandra has gained professional experience by independently applying for adult-level volunteer work with the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative and receiving an internship with the North Carolina Democrats. She plans to major in Political Science and Neuroscience and has already begun her college experience as an ambassador for Columbia University’s Political Union.
As Alexandra moves to the Big Apple, she is grateful for her years at Terry Sanford, which helped her grow into the person she is today. Teachers and staff members were always there to listen, and many had a hand in helping her understand the values she wants to embrace when attending college.
“Terry Sanford helped me become a well-rounded student and individual,” said Alexandra. “The kind of interactions I had with fellow students and staff has shaped my perspective of the world and of a typical classroom setting. Being at a school like Terry Sanford helped me understand my potential and the benefits of being focused and dedicated to reaching my goals. Terry Sanford remained the perfect school for me to attend due to the fact they valued my hard work and passion to cultivate a successful environment for students like myself. Even if I had the smallest concept to improve the school, staff members were always eager to support me. Terry Sanford will continue to remain an encouraging place to let your ideas flourish.”
To future students, Alexandra offers sound advice: “Stay ambitious. You will always encounter someone who will say no, but never let that tear down any of your ideas or passions. Stay true to yourself and remain determined to excel throughout your high school career.”