You could definitely say that Alexandria Barnard-Davignon’s goals are “out of this world.”
“I’ve always had a fascination with outer space,” says the SABIS International Charter School senior who has her sights on NASA and working on a space mission after college. Fittingly, Alexandria will be majoring in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia come fall.
Her choice of career started off when she discovered her love of math and science at SABIS. “Both subjects help to explain natural phenomena and how things work in this world,” says Alexandria, who further challenged herself by taking Advanced Placement classes in calculus, environmental science, physics, and literature at SABIS.
Alexandria’s involvement in extracurricular activities at SABIS also gave her many opportunities to build skills that will serve her well in her future endeavors. She participates in Model Congress, Model UN, Academic Decathlon, and Mathletes, and enjoys the opportunity to get outside in the fresh air to exercise as a member of the varsity golf team.
“Getting involved in different clubs and activities at SABIS definitely opened my mind and made me a better person. I became a better public speaker by participating in Model Congress, and I also developed my leadership skills serving as captain and co-captain of several clubs,” says the once-shy Alexandria.
“I learned as a captain how important collaboration is […] that when working in a group it is very important to listen to everyone’s ideas,” she adds. It is a skill she will undoubtedly need on a space mission!
Alexandria credits SABIS’s strong academics for setting her on the path to the stars.
The rigorous coursework and testing at SABIS have prepared me well for college. The emphasis is on doing your best...Thanks to SABIS, I have a better understanding of world around me and a solid outlook on what I want for my future,” she adds.
“Thanks to SABIS, I have a better understanding of world around me and a solid outlook on what I want for my future.”