Noella was born in Burundi but grew up in Rwanda, where she has been living since she was five. She and her family relocated because her mother’s business is based in Rwanda. Noella considers herself lucky to live in such a welcoming country. After receiving the Imbuto Foundation award for high achievers in the primary national exam, Noella was admitted to Lycee Notre Dame de Citeaux, one of the most respected schools in Rwanda. She joined the school debate team and had the opportunity to participate in the iDebate competition. Noella also founded a Francophonie Club, dedicated to promoting and nurturing awareness of French culture and language through weekly meetings, activities, and events. Through this club she, along with her team, won first place in a theatrical play about ancient Rwandan culture, an experience that expanded her knowledge of Rwanda’s traditions and rituals. Due to her love for sciences, she was selected to participate in the national science fair organized by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency). Noella used her scientific background and developed a project to make irrigation easier using accessible and eco-friendly materials. This year, she was also selected to be a member of the Global STEM Alliance’s 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures mentoring program, which was created to engage girls all over the world who are interested in STEM fields. Noella plans to use her U.S. degree to revolutionize Rwanda’s agricultural and food production industries by providing farmers with better, more sustainable food preservation methods. She is the first SHE-CAN scholar to attend Wellesley College and will start her freshman year in fall 2018.