Duluth East grad visits White HouseKirsi Kuutti, a 2013 graduate of Duluth East High School, has marched off to the White House after spending her summer in an internship with NASA.
By: Clara Hatcher, Duluth Budgeteer News
Kirsi Kuutti, a 2013 graduate of Duluth East High School, has marched off to the White House after spending her summer in an internship with NASA.
Kuutti got the internship to work on electrical engineering components for a deep space habitat station that NASA is developing. She was invited to the White House on July 31 as part of Champions of Change.
At the White House, Kuutti had an opportunity to talk about issues that she is familiar with, especially issues within the Duluth K-12 education system, to provide more opportunity for students to develop engineering skills.
“She left Duluth East and the Duluth East Daredevils and she jumped into NASA with hardly skipping a beat,” said Timothy Velner, Duluth East Daredevils coach and science teacher at Duluth East High School. “The White House visit is an experience that is going to add to her maturing in the field of science and technology. She belongs in this field.”
Kuutti was a member of the robotics team for all four years of high school. After her first year, she became captain of the freshman, then she became the team captain for the following three years.
At the White House, Kuutti also had an opportunity to talk about first value of professionalism and the need to adopt such a value system in Washington politics. To start off her visit, Kuutti chatted with Sen. Al Franken when she arrived last Wednesday.
After she returns, Kuutti will be pursuing an education through the University of Pittsburgh engineering school; but for now, she is focused on one opportunity at a time.