“The first thing I remember hearing from my high school principal, Ms. (Linda Fryoux) Harvison, was the way she spoke of the graduates of St Joseph’s Academy. She said, ‘Our girls live and serve all over the world.’ I got the chills when she said it, and I never would have thought I would be given the opportunity to become a part of such a legacy so quickly after graduation. I have learned so much in high school; I cannot wait to share it.”

Age: 18

School: St. Joseph’s Academy 2011 graduate; majoring in computer engineering at LSU

Parents: Melissa and Lance Kinchen and Ronnie Marks and Lynn Mason

FAVORITES:

Book:?“One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez

Music:?The Flaming Lips

Movie:?“The Motorcycle Diaries”

TV show: “Arrested Development”

Hangout: Louie’s

Role model: Her mom

Extra: Instead of having a free period her senior year, Marks signed up for computer architecture. She said, “I went in without any real desire to learn anything, other than how to get past the filters that blocked me from watching Netflix movies all day. After the first week of school, not only had computer architecture become my favorite class, but also I was asked to start working at the Help Desk. In the past year, I have worked for the only all-girl, student run Help Desk in the country, and I even changed my major from undecided to computer engineering. At our Honors Convocation, I was awarded the Technology Subject Award for Achievement. The thing that excites me most about our trip to South Africa is the opportunity for me to change someone else’s life as technology has changed mine in such a positive way.”

Marks is one of St. Joseph’s Help Desk students who will travel to Nelspruit, South Africa, June 30 to July 16 to begin linking 10 township schools by computer. Follow Marks’ and Kristen Landreneau’s blog from South Africa at blogs.theadvocate.com/stjosephs starting Monday.