Ekaterina Cox, a senior at Seymour High School in Indiana, plans to attend college in the fall with a major in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
But before she does, she plans to spend a lot of time helping out at Red Sky Rescue, where she works with deaf dogs.
"I get snuggles in exchange for the dogs so that they can become more adoptable," she says.
Blossom, a 1-year-old deaf dog, "is amazing to go for walks with because she always keeps an eye out for me and never pulls on the leash since she relies on sight to stay with me," Cox says.
"She loves dogs very, very much, and that is why she spends a lot of her socializing my free time helping out at Red Sky Rescue and bringing along her eighth-grade brother, Nikita Cox, with her," she adds.
The 17-year-old says she wants to be an astronaut, but "without a concrete meaning, the word engineer, though, without a concrete meaning has always been associated with the largest turning points of the world, from the wheel to walking on the moon."
She says her favorite class was AP physics "because it was such a challenge and at times felt impossible, but because of that, any success she had in...
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