As captain of the robotics team at Lower East Side Preparatory High School in New York City, Freya Wilhelm spent the first weekend of April commandeering a robot around a fluorescent green turf field at the NYC FIRST Robotics Regional Championship.
She listened as teammates described technical issues and thoughtfully suggested solutions; she asked for advice when the robot unexpectedly stopped on the playing field; she kept her composure when the catapult malfunctioned.
Freya Wilhelm is a junior at Lower East Side Preperatory High School in Manhattan. To spectators at the event, she looked like any other team captain: cool, calm and collected. But to those who know her, this is a completely changed young woman.
In the fall of 2012, Wilhelm dropped out of her arts high school. She knew her passion for art had faded, but she had no idea what she would do next. Transferring to LESPHS did little to change her attitude. Feeling lost, she started skipping classes more often than not.
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