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Nigel Tatem

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My goal in life is to help improve the lives of those living in small, lower-income communities by uplifting small businesses with Computer Science as I have at my father's small carwash that offers premium services, jobs, and increases the quality of life for those in the area. I have been accepted to Cornell University for CS and Finance and could use any help paying as a middle-class scholar.

Education

Rick Reedy High School

High School
2020 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Computer Science
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Computer Software

    • Dream career goals:

    • Cashier & Courtesy Clerk

      H-E-B
      2023 – 20241 year
    • Cashier & Courtesy Clerk

      Tom Thumb
      2022 – 20231 year
    • Data Analytics, Car Detailer, Cashier, Tunnel Operation, Chemicals

      Clean Bandit Carwash
      2018 – 20246 years

    Sports

    Wrestling

    Varsity
    2020 – 20233 years

    Awards

    • warrior award
    • Team Captain

    Football

    Varsity
    2020 – 20244 years

    Awards

    • lionheart award
    • 2nd team academic all-state

    Research

    • Data Science

      UnitedHealth — Interning with the director of regulatory affairs at UnitedHealth to make a program that can scan legal documents and give out the most useful info tailored to their needs.
      2023 – Present
    • Data Science

      Clean Bandit Carwash — Employee analytics, create website for advertising, optimize machine maintanence by preventing with previous data.
      2021 – Present

    Arts

    • Unity

      Animation
      Bear and Bunny's Cuddly Adventure, Flappy Bear
      2022 – 2024

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Rotary Youth Leadership Awards — Counselor
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Business Professionals of America — Programming Team Lead, helped lead a team of 4 students place top 5 at region, top 10 at state, and 1st in nationals for C# programming, and continuing to help students in programming competitions (55+ service hours)
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      CodeGenius — Curriculum Management went through for 30+ hours and edited the learning modules and spent 5+ hours teaching the curriculum and answering students questions
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Red Cross and Carter Bloodcare — Donated 12 pints of blood and 1 plasma donation
      2021 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Black Student Alliance — Led and setup volunteering opportunties at Minnies Food Pantry, Bonton Farms, and school events
      2020 – Present
    • Volunteering

      National Tech Honor Society — Vice President, Tutored 120+ hours throughout highschool, wrote tests for the AP Computer Science Principles students
      2021 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    “What’s death like, Dad? I don’t want to go to sleep. It's so quiet. it’s all black”. As a child there was nothing as terrifying as the idea of death, it would envoke a feeling of existential dread. Death remains the great unknown, be it the unknowability of life after death or the pain of saying goodbye to a loved one or even celebrating a life well-lived at a funeral. The idea that my family and I would cease to exist terrified me. The fragility of life was as much a part of those early existential thoughts as the length of life itself. What am I doing here? Why am I here? How long am I here? Often, I feel that my thinking about this as a child led to my interest in mental health. Like countless others back then, my mother grew up in a world that was too often indifferent to the reality of inner pain of the sort she herself would come to experience. My mother is a good and strong person, but our family’s deep secrets and shame haunted her. In a world that treated her like a simple child, there was only one adult who had treated her with respect and kindness, this woman would eventually take her own life. The way she found out was the most frustrating part, it was in a conversation about life insurance that could not be given due to suicide, talks shaming her aunt for not holding on in a highly Christian household, and disrespect to the dead. I found out about this when I inquired about a semi-colon tattoo on her hand. She is part of the semi-colon project, a symbol of survival and solidarity: the punctuation mark that pauses rather than ends. It is here, in this prick of a mark, that we will continue our stories. My own relationship with mental health has been significantly influenced by these early encounters. From a life in a community without mental health, important lessons of kindness and communication from my mother helped me survive in my everyday life. Not only was my mother a saving grace, but even my father’s sometimes hard-nosed business head sprouts a tree of compassion and understanding. As a mentor, as a student, and as a leader, I now seek to do the same bringing people the grace of a mediated relationship where their issues are acknowledged, and there is direction and exploration of alternative opportunities. When I was asked to serve as the counselor of a student group with the Rotary Youth Leadership Organization (RYLA), I not only got to share my story with leaders from across the nation but to support those student leaders on a personal level. Many had hard lives at home and needed to know it was not always going to be that way, many had suffered abuses in their lives and it has been my goal to continue to care for these imperfect leaders. Across four days, I led new discussions with my cabin of 12 top leaders from across Texas. It was deeply cathartic not only for the students but for myself. While in college, I will continue my advocacy, building on my university education to reach out and make a difference in the world. I will be studying computer science and cyber security at Cornell University. I won the national Optiv $10,000 mentoring scholarship that affirms my commitment to promoting mental health awareness and diversity in cybersecurity. My mentor, Corby Starr, has challenged me to learn more about building and using relationships, and that is what I plan to do to build a community of supportive peers academically and professionally. Learning about mental health has also changed the way I see the world. Being aware that someone could be experiencing a mental health issue while in a queue in the bank or on the bus on the way to work, or might exhibit challenging behavior because of that difficulty is simply a reminder. A reminder to be conscious that people outside are fighting a battle that might remain completely invisible and therefore a reminder to have compassion and patience in my interactions. I have realized that mental health isn’t about a destination I will arrive at but an always-developing path I’m on. I have found that ways to get over my existential terror of, “what’s the point if it all goes black?”. These are my goals, my purpose, and my destiny. My experience with mental health is what awakens my intentions to lead a balanced life, affirms my urge to remain resilient, and validates my need to pay forward the human connections that I’ve forged. It has also expanded my understanding of the world by infusing it with sensitivity and compassion for others and a heightened sense of responsibility in general. My aunt did not deserve to be shamed after her tragic suicide, her fate should not have been hidden from my mother for so long, and only more people will reach death with shame. A better approach would be to make people comfortable about discussing their situations, which is why removing the stigma around mental health is my mission. Now that my eyes have been opened and my ears have been trained to hear, I resolve to embrace every possible opportunity to expand public awareness about mental health by taking advantage of my education and experiences to build a culture based on understanding and empathy for others.
    Treye Knorr Memorial Scholarship
    As the soft hum of Starship engines filled the room, I would sit at my dad’s side, absorbing the intricacies of technology and exploration. In stark contrast, evenings with my mom involved the warmth of a small kitchen, the scent of tortillas heating on the stove, and conversations that grounded me in reality. These two worlds shaped my identity—an African American and Native American youth navigating the complexities of culture and ambition. My journey has been one of balancing disparate passions: programming, athletics, and cultural heritage. Growing up in Georgia before moving to Texas, I often felt out of place, detached from my roots and my aspirations. Even within my interests, I faced pressure from all sides—friends urging me to leave sports for better academic standing, teammates suggesting I ease up on my studies to focus on sports. Yet, I chose to persevere, embracing both worlds. Joining the wrestling team as a freshman was daunting, but every match taught me resilience. Football, too, demanded I face my fears head-on. Through these experiences, I learned that pressure never truly dissipates; instead, it transforms into a driving force. My commitment to both sports and academics has led to significant achievements such as making it to Nationals for C# programming in 2023, and C++ programming in 2024, ranking 3rd in Texas at the leadership conference. In sports I held the position of wrestling team captain and in football I led practices at 5am as a varsity defensive lineman. I even earned the Distinguished Athlete Scholarship, chosen by the coaches. This was an award I sought hard for as it had been competed for by every athlete in every sport each year at my high school to become the one male and one female scholarship recipients to receive the highest amount possible. Leadership became a natural extension of my journey. As the Communications Officer, and later President, of our school’s Black Student Alliance (BSA), I sought to bridge cultural gaps, fostering a community that celebrated diversity. Initiatives like our Black History Month program and various cultural events transformed the BSA into the largest black union in FISD, embedding it within the campus culture. Beyond school, I have actively participated in volunteer organizations like the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, initially as a student and later as a counselor. This experience first taught me how to become a better leader among my peers, learning relationship dynamics, and leading from the front and behind. This year I have racked up over 300 service hours with their organization alone where I mentored younger leaders like myself, helping them navigate their paths while reinforcing the importance of leadership and community service. It was here that I realized the benefits and cathartic nature of volunteering, as leaving camp I felt as though I had learned as much from mentoring the young leaders as I had taught them. The experience solidified my commitment to giving back to my community. The Treye Knorr Memorial Scholarship represents more than financial support; it embodies the values of integrity to oneself and the community that has defined my path. The financial relief will allow me to focus entirely on my studies and research, delving deeper into computer science, a field where I aim to make a significant impact. Cornell University is the next crucial step in my leadership journey. The rigorous academic environment will sharpen my analytical skills and deepen my knowledge of computer science. Cornell will not only equip me with the technical expertise needed for a successful career but also offer me the position to network and unleash myself at a full capacity where I can lead and serve my community. With the support of the Treye Knorr Memorial Scholarship, I am confident that I can achieve my goals. In essence, I am not just an athlete or a scholar; I am a bridge between cultures, a leader in my community, and a passionate advocate for the transformative power of technology. This scholarship will be instrumental in my journey to change the world, one community and one line of code at a time.
    Delon Hampton & Associates African Americans in STEM Scholarship
    Amidst the rhythmic sway of soul music, the echoes of gospel hymns from a nearby church, and the mouthwatering aroma of sizzling barbecue paired with throat-warming potlikker, the cookout gathered guests into a feeling of togetherness. I lost much of this unity after moving to Texas in 2nd grade. I expanded into new cultures for the next decade, but at the same time each year visiting my family in Georgia I reminisced. So, I joined the Black Student Alliance (BSA) sophomore year in hopes to fill the hole in high school, but the club had two members, the presidents. Applying for the position of “Communications Officer”, I led from behind, contacting black-owned nonprofits to set up volunteering opportunities like Minnie's Food Pantry, and advertising over social media. As the previous leaders graduated I became president. The culture I had missed so much from Georgia found a home in Texas with cookouts, karaoke nights for charity, and cultural events. Within the year I created multiple initiatives like our Black History Month program where each day a fact about African and African American history plays over the announcements. Two years later, everything I had envisioned became reality, becoming the largest black union in FISD, and establishing black culture as part of campus culture. Growing up in Frisco I have embraced diversity from my Hispanic, Chinese, White, Indian, and countlessly diverse friends. I enjoy connecting cultures which is why the BSA is non-exclusive to black students, it is a club in which I share my culture with those who have shown me theirs throughout the years. I have never been surrounded by mostly people like myself, nor do I wish to be, rather in embracing my own culture at Reedy I have found a way to establish my identity among the many other fascinating ones of my friends and acquaintances. I have led in my community in countless ways such as Varsity Wrestling team captain, Varsity Football defensive line, National Technical Honor Society vice president, recipient and then assistant counselor for Rotary International's Youth Leadership Awards, and competitive programming team lead in Business Professionals of America. Regardless I choose to write about my leadership in the Black Student Alliance because it is what inspired all my other experiences throughout the years. It was here that I realized the benefits and cathartic nature of volunteering. I felt as though I learned invaluable traits from leading that diverse organization and the experience solidified my commitment to giving back to my community. My interest in technology and science has always been strong, but leading groups such as the BSA honed my skills in project management, communication, and collaboration. I now aspire to pursue a degree in Computer Science at Cornell University's College of Engineering with a focus on data science and cybersecurity. Cornell will not only equip me with the technical expertise needed for a successful career in Computer Science but also offer me the position to network and unleash myself at a full capacity where I can lead and serve my community. With the support of the Delon Hampton Scholarship, I am confident that I can achieve my goals and contribute to a more inclusive and secure digital future. In essence, I am not just an athlete or a scholar; I am a bridge between cultures, a leader in my community, and a passionate advocate for the transformative power of technology. This scholarship will be instrumental in my journey to change the world, one line of code at a time.
    RonranGlee Literary Scholarship
    From a young age, I was fascinated by the concept of paradoxes—the idea that two seemingly contradictory statements could both be true. This fascination led me to delve into ancient literature, where I discovered the Dissoi Logoi, a work renowned for its exploration of contradictory arguments. One particular paragraph from this text captured my imagination, prompting me to reflect on the nature of truth and perception in a way that profoundly influenced my understanding of the world. "Furthermore, it is argued by some that fish can fly and birds can swim, while others maintain that such assertions defy the natural order of the world. Indeed, there are those who claim that the moon is made of cheese and the sun is but a flickering candle in the vast expanse of the heavens. Yet, amidst these fantastical musings, one cannot escape the enigmatic allure of the unknown, where reality and imagination intertwine in a dance of cosmic proportions. In this surreal realm, where the boundaries between fact and fiction blur, the mind is free to wander into uncharted territories of thought and speculation. It is a place where the absurd and the profound coexist, challenging the very foundations of our understanding. For in the realm of the bizarre and the surreal, truth takes on a shape-shifting guise, eluding the grasp of rational thought and inviting the curious mind to explore the limitless boundaries of possibility. Here, amidst the whimsical fantasies and outlandish conjectures, one finds a sanctuary for the imagination, a realm where the laws of physics bend and reality is but a fleeting illusion. It is a world where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the mundane is transformed into the miraculous. And in this strange and wondrous landscape, the mind is set free to dream and to wonder, to ponder the mysteries of the universe and to embrace the infinite possibilities that lie beyond the realm of the known." In the excerpt from the Dissoi Logoi, the author presents a series of paradoxical assertions, challenging conventional notions of reality and inviting readers to ponder the nature of truth and perception. This passage and furthermore text is akin to a true devil's advocate. The passage begins with the assertion that "fish can fly and birds can swim," a statement that defies the laws of nature as commonly understood. This assertion is immediately juxtaposed with the opposing viewpoint, suggesting that such claims are absurd and contrary to the established order of the world. However, rather than dismissing these assertions outright, the author delves deeper into the complexities of perception and belief to somehow justify fish flying, and birds swimming as a reasonable statement! The author's underlying meaning becomes apparent when considering the broader context of the Dissoi Logoi, a work known for its exploration of contradictory arguments and moral relativism, perhaps one of the greatest works to define this concept. Through the use of paradoxical statements, the author challenges readers to question their assumptions and consider alternative perspectives of some confusing statements. In this particular paragraph, the author highlights the subjective nature of truth, suggesting that what one person perceives as reality may be perceived quite differently by another. By introducing fantastical assertions such as the moon being made of cheese and the sun being likened to a flickering candle, the author pushes readers to confront the limits of their own understanding. These absurd claims serve as a metaphor for the arbitrary nature of belief and the human tendency to ascribe meaning to the unknown. Just as the assertion that fish can fly contradicts our understanding of biology, so too do the claims about the moon and the sun challenge our understanding of cosmology. Ultimately, the author's underlying message is one of intellectual humility and openness to different perspectives. Rather than clinging rigidly to preconceived notions of truth, the author encourages readers to embrace uncertainty and engage in critical thinking. Even a scientist should be able to practice this kind of humility, and realize the world is no-where near black and white. I put this into practice in my own life, as when someone tells me things are impossible, or I am frustrated with situations around me I can bounce between perspectives to understand those around me better or find unconventional solutions that could be overshadowed by the usual fixes. By acknowledging the inherent ambiguity of reality, the author invites readers to explore the human experience and recognize the value of diverse viewpoints. The excerpt from the Dissoi Logoi serves as a thought-provoking meditation on the nature of truth and perception. Through the use of paradoxical statements and fantastical claims, the author challenges readers to question their assumptions and consider alternative viewpoints. This challenge from the author has made me a better engineer, brother, son, and friend. It is a reminder of free will, and the fact that no statement is without its truth. Next time you are solving a problem, or arguing a point remember by embracing intellectual humility and openness to ambiguity, you too can gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of the world, those around us, and the myriad ways in which reality can be handled.