Vanessa Barragan

Written by Mei Bailey, Journalist

Last Sunday, senior Vanessa Barragan returned home victorious from the Chezy Champs, a highly renowned robotics competition in San Jose. The competition is known by robotics teams across the nation, and teams that are selected to compete are referred to as the “Best of the West.” This is Vanessa’s second year on the PGHS Robotics Team, which is also known schoolwide as the “Breaker Bots.” Her endless dedication to leadership and perseverance has carried her through the long and intense work sessions required for a successful season, as well as giving her the invaluable chance to work hands-on with programming and mechanical science. Two years ago, there was only one girl on the robotics team. Today, with eight girls now contributing to the team, Vanessa leads a local generation of women interested in STEM fields, and will carry her experiences and knowledge far into the future.