Three seniors were recently honored by the Maine Township High School District 207 Board of Education as “207’s Best” as leaders and innovators in technology. Jessica Brito from Maine West, Violet Kamienski from Maine South and Mansoor Syed from Maine East were all recognized by the Board of Education on Monday, April 1.
Jessica started her own organization, the Society for Women in Space Explorations (SWISE) that is now active on 24 college campuses (including college in China, Puerto Rico and India). Each of the organizations plan their own campus events to target women in science and engineering fields. The next step is to build a professional chapter and both Google and NASA have already expressed interest.
In addition, Jessica is a part of Auto Club, Hispanic club, Key Club, Math Team, Model UN, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Skills USA, Spanish Club and Student Council.
Violet works in the area of virtual reality modeling for civil engineering and architecture as well as Computer Aided Design (CAD) and physical design building where she recently earned second place in a national competition that included more than 900 entries.
She pitches and plays first base for the softball team as well as participates as a member of NHS, Key Club, Spanish Club and is on the yearbook staff. She is an Illinois State Scholar and was named a student of the year in AP physics and accelerated chemistry.
Mansoor helped the District 207 Educational Foundation reimagine and launch a new and improved website and serves as the school’s unofficial technology guru as he can seemingly fix any technology issue. As part of his story of resilience, during the third quarter of his freshman year, family commitments required him to travel to Pakistan for the entire quarter. This resulted in all of his grades falling to F’s by the time he returned for the fourth quarter. Despite this, he worked to bring all but one of his grades back to A’s. He shares that “simply giving up for me is not an option.”
He is an intern with the Chrome Depot at school, a technician in the technology department, the Tech Genius President, manager for the JV and varsity tennis team, MERC president, Sci-Fi Club Vice President, Maine East Recreational Club founder and present, National Honor Society member, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) member, Rotary Interact member and a Robotics Club member.