Stormie Fulks wants to be a civil engineer and put her love of computer aide design programs to work. When she was 13, Stormie was diagnosed with scoliosis and was told that she would be in a wheelchair by the age of 30. But she didn’t’ let that news stop her. She took advantage of a CAD class at the Paducah Area Trade Center where, at 15, she was the youngest and one of about four girls in the class - again she didn’t let that stop her. She excelled in the class and knew then what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.
Her next step was to apply to the Commonwealth Middle College at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. She was accepted and the CMC helped Stormie continue to branch out into new things. “I am still a little shy and very independent when it comes to my studies. But the middle college helped me make lots of new friends and let me know I could ask for help if it needed it.”
Stormie graduated from the CMC in spring 2013 and now continues to work toward her associate degree at WKCTC. She will graduate from WKCTC in May 2014 and plans to transfer to Murray State University.
Stormie said that the CMC and being a Student Ambassador has helped her become more mature and made her a source of encouragement for her younger siblings. “I want to do my best and set the best example for my brothers and sisters. I think staying in school and not letting the wrong people influence you are the best things you can do to show how much you want something in life.”