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Senior Spotlight: NEISD support system inspires love of architecture

Sasami Cavan is designing her future with great detail in mind. The Roosevelt High School senior embraces her love of architecture every day at the Design and Technology Academy (DATA). This passion comes second only to her commitment to making big plays on the volleyball court. Two of Sasami's greatest passions will collide at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she'll major in architecture while continuing her volleyball career.

"Illinois Tech offers a five-year accelerated master's program in architecture, which means I can get board certified and in the workforce in five to six years," said Cavan. "All these factors, along with the opportunity to study in the beautiful city of Chicago, made it an easy decision for me."

Sasami found her passion for design during her time at North East ISD. Over the years, she's attended Windcrest Elementary School, Krueger School of Applied Technologies (KSAT) at Krueger Middle School and DATA at Roosevelt High School. She says two teachers in particular have made a profound impact on her.

"Two teachers who come to mind when you say this would be Rachel Conger and Katy Philbrick," said Cavan. "Mrs. Conger was my GT, robotics and chess teacher throughout my time at Windcrest and she helped me incredibly to embrace creative thinking and getting out of my shell. Mrs. Philbrick is my current architecture teacher and she is one to which I owe the utmost gratitude towards, as she developed my love of architecture."

An intense focus and fiercely competitive drive pushed Sasami past her own expectations and opened up a world of opportunities after her time at NEISD come to a close. But every new beginning comes with a strong line of support. For Sasami, that came in the classroom and at home. 

"I am grateful for all the coaches and teachers who have made an impression on me and shaped me to be the person I am today," said Cavan. "I'd also really like to thank my mom and dad for investing so much time into teaching me the life lessons that have built my character, as well as the endless support both on and off the court."

Sasami discovered her passion right here at NEISD. Click here to learn more about the magnet programs available across the District. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.

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Posted by Lila Stanley
Posted on 1-4-21