SPOKANE, Wash. – You could call them overachievers, but these three Shadle Park soon-to-be juniors would tell you they are passionate. There were times that they put this project of designing a prosthetic arm for competition as a priority over school.
Kleopatra Deltchev, Jessica Lim and Hailey Guyette first entered the Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program their freshman year. They were tasked with designing a prosthetic arm that could complete certain tasks, like relocate objects and toss balls.
Last year, their design got them first place in the state, earning them a trip to the national competition. This year, their prosthetic arm won state and earned the girls a return trip to nationals in Portland.
The teens’ experience proved to help them out: they took second place in the object relocation and third place in the ball toss at state. That wasn’t quite enough for them to place overall, but the team left Portland satisfied knowing they’d met their goal of improving their design and performance from last year.
This was their last year of eligibility for MESA, but all three students will now focus on pursuing careers in the medical field. Delchev hopes to become a pulmonologist, Lim wants to be an anesthesiologist and Guyette wants to possibly be an audiologist since she is very interested in learning and using sign language.