HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - It's a love for art and computers that drove 17-year-old Ariana Burnell to leave Carolina Forest High School and apply for the Academy of Arts Science and Technology, a STEM school, where she now majors in Digital Arts.
"I take things I see and I put my twist on them, because I like how it looks," said Burnell, who put her twist on a fiery photo of a woman. Burnell says the original photo was that of a woman surrounded by smoke. Her designs are displayed in the halls at the high school, and thanks to what she's learning, she's created dozens.
"We do image editing one and two, animation, and web design one and two," she says.
It's a passion that keeps the teen busy. She's on the yearbook staff, Women in Technology, and she's already started her senior internship working with a local company, Start-up SC, among other things.
The school is giving her a head start for what's to come.
"I'm probably going to go to Horry Georgetown because the credits transfer, and I'll have already have nine credit hours, and while I'm there, I hope to find a job. That way I'll already be ready to go into a full time job.
With mostly A's under her belt, and a positive outlook on what's to come, Burnell says she owes it all to one person in particular: her mom.
"She's been my biggest inspiration through all this and without her I probably wouldn't be here," said Burnell.