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Updated: 12/06/2016 08:30:00AM

SFSC grad sets sights on career early

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Laura Patino (second from right) with her parents and sister at Exelon Corporation Family Day, visiting the nuclear power plant in Illinois where Patino works.

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Laura Patino celebrates her graduation from the nuclear engineering program at the University of Florida.

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AVON PARK — When it came to what Laura Patino wanted out of life, she was laser focused since childhood. From elementary school and on, she saw herself working in a science-intensive job.

As a sixth-grader, Patino, a 2012 graduate of South Florida State College, wrote in an essay outlining her career plans: “When I grow up, I hope to be an astronaut or astronomer.”

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