Monica Ballas

Redmond High School Redmond, Washington
Class of 2023
Environmental Systems in the Outdoors Research Experience

Hi! I’m Monica Ballas, a current senior at Redmond High School. I love skiing, volleyball, and I’m super passionate about science and the environment. Some of my main interests include algae, microbial communities, animal behavior, immunology, genetics, and more. Outside of ESORE, I’m involved in leading my schools biology club, competing in HOSA, doing advocacy work, volunteering for NHS, and lifeguarding. I plan to pursue biology/environmental science in college, and I’m very interested in research. I hope to create a positive impact and continue learning about the world throughout my future career. ESORE has been an amazing experience to develop the skills I will need and to hear from people currently working in STEM. Getting to see the ongoing research and types of work that scientists are doing today has solidified my passion for science!

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