Senior Spotlights!!

Rebecca Coronel

00000034Where does a passion for music and robotics mix? At IHA, of course! IHA senior Rebecca Coronel takes advantage of the many activities IHA has to offer, participating in Applied Engineering, orchestra, Robotics, and the Tri M Music Honor Society.

Rebecca has been playing the violin for eleven years and has performed numerous times. She currently attends the NY String Academy and performs in their annual concert at the Music Theater in Montclair. Rebecca has been a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and orchestra since she was a freshman. She has risen in the ranks of Tri-M, going from general member to secretary to Vice President.

Rebecca also loves technology. She is a committed member of the IHA Robotics and Applied Engineering clubs. She became the first president of the Robotics club and led her team in the Google Moonbot competition, placing in the top 30 worldwide. Mrs. Mistretta, moderator of both Robotics and Applied Engineering, describes Rebecca as a “natural engineer.” Mrs. Mistretta recounts,“During the preparations for our Google MoonBot competition, I gave Becca a picture frame, random robot parts, a Lego “brick” robot brain, screws, wing nuts and a drill. She built a ramp with a liftgate that worked every time.”

Rebecca also worked as part of the Musical Mashup group for Applied Engineering. They placed second statewide for the Destination Imagination competition and were invited to attend the global event in Tennessee. Rebecca also works at Staples where she works as an Easy Tech and salesperson.

Some of Rebecca’s favorite classes at IHA were Computer Programming and Java with Mrs. Mistretta and Computer Repair with Mr. Hotz. Rebecca states, “I really found my passion and talent with computers and technology through these classes.” In her junior year, she won a Soaring Eagle Award for Computer Programming. Rebecca also loved Chemistry with Mrs. Addabbo, who explains, “Rebecca is a model student and an extraordinary young woman. She is an intelligent and creative thinker whose tenacity and work ethic will bring her many successes.”

Reflecting on her time in high school, Rebecca says, “The memories I have made here are irreplaceable. I enjoyed every moment of my four years at IHA and wouldn’t change a thing. I will really miss walking through the halls of IHA, locker break with my best friends, and even cramming during homeroom.”

Rebecca plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology and major in industrial engineering. IHA knows Rebecca will do amazing at RIT and wishes her the best of luck! We are in agreement with Mrs. Mistretta when she says “I can’t wait to see what [Rebecca] invents!”

By Heather Farrell ’18, IHA Sports Senior Editor

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