Lorraine Palacios, O’Connor senior, traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to attend the Congress for Future Scientists and Technologists. The congress started on Sunday, June 30 and concluded on Tuesday, June 30.
While attending the congress, Palacios met fellow students from across the United States, listened to motivational speakers, and was inducted into their Honor Society.
Many in Helotes may recognize Palacios from the softball field. She is a member of the Lady Panther team and this year reached the regional finals. Palacious plays first base. However, she is a straight A student, with an above 3.5 gpa.
Students selected for the congress were nominated from educators from their home school. Officials considered their grades, accomplishments, and extra curricular activities.
“I learned life skills for the future,” shared Palacios. “No matter the challenge, I cannot give up on my dreams—I have to keep moving forward and dreaming big.
Bo Eason, former NFL player, addressed the congress. He encouraged us to push back when life becomes difficult and stay focused on your goals.”
The congress offered tips and suggestions for students as they prepare to fill out college applications and essays.
In addition to playing softball, Palacios raises project animals for the Walter Gerlach show. She is a member of the O’Connor FFA program and the Helotes Unlimited 4H club. She received first place with her commercial pig at last year’s Gerlach.
Palacios plans to attend Texas A&M University after graduation from O’Connor. Her plans for college include majoring in Veterinarian Medicine.