Sanchez-MaesJoining the ranks of influential women such as Sonia Sotomayer, the first Latina Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Mayfield High School Alumna Sophia Sánchez-Maes was recently named one of seven Exceptional Hispanic Women by Women@TheFrontier, a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and supporting inspirational women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Entrepreneurship fields.

Sánchez-Maes was recognized by the organization which, “chose to highlight seven Exceptional Women who have been pioneers and groundbreakers in their fields. They set a precedent for not just Hispanic women, but women throughout the U.S. and around the world. ,” according to the Women@TheFrontier news release.

The news release also described Sophia Sánchez-Maes as an, “18-year-old college student at Yale University whose impact on science reflects intelligence beyond her years. She’s conducted extensive research on the use of algae as a biofuel and how to make it more efficient, for which President Barack Obama praised her. She is now investigating exoplanets—planets that orbit stars outside of our solar system—at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She received the Jefferson Award for outstanding service by a young American 25 or under.”

Sánchez-Maes graduated in May 2015 as the valedictorian of her graduating class at Mayfield High School. She is the daughter of Margaret Sanchez-Maes and Jim Maes, a health and physical education specialist with the district.

Also named in the list were: Ellen Ocha, the first Hispanic woman in the world to go into space; Sonia Sotomayer, the first Latina Supreme Court justice; Antonia Novela, the first female and Hispanic-American appointed as Surgeon General of the United States; Adriana Ocampo, a researcher who most notably discovered the Chicxulub crater; Maria Teresa Kumar, the founder and president of Voto Latino, a nonprofit that encourages American Latinos/Hispanics to become involved in the country’s political process; and Paola Santana, the founder and COO of Matternet, a technology startup that uses drones as a transportation system to deliver lightweight goods.

To view the complete news release, visit: For more information, contact: LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren,, (575) 527-5808.