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Inspired by his own past, CTYer is moved to help others

Kumar Darsh

In recent years, Kumar Darsh has participated in the AMC 8 and AMC 10, both national mathematics competitions. Seeking to sharpen his skills, the high-school sophomore enrolled in CTY’s Competitive Mathematics I online course this fall.

“You can go at your own pace,” Kumar said of the course. “It’s challenging in a good way, and I’ve been able to learn new skills, tips, and tricks for the AMC 10 coming up in February.”

Kumar, 15, who also loves science, soccer, and tennis, is by all accounts a happy, healthy teenager. And that’s no small blessing for the Connecticut native, who says he takes nothing for granted....Click here to read more.

CTYer Ian Scheffler publishes book "Cracking the Cube"

Ian SchefflerWhen a CTY classmate challenged Ian Scheffler to solve Rubik's Cube in fewer than 20 seconds, he dismissed the task as impossible. But years later when a writing assignment lead him to the 2012 Rubik's Cube US National Championship—and a reunion with Toby Mao, his erstwhile CTY friend—Scheffler was drawn into the world of competitive Rubik's Cube solving.

According to Google's supercomputers, the maximum number of moves required to solve any of the 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible configurations of Rubik's Cube is 20—otherwise known as God’s Number. "You can spend a lot of time solving the Cube, there’s an elegance to it, like a math proof," explains Scheffler....Click here to read more.

CTYer and family featured in new music video from Alicia Keys

Arya and Alicia

CORRECTION: This story has been edited to reflect Arya’s correct age, that she is homeschooled, and to appropriately reflect family relationships. CTY regrets these errors. 

Eight-year-old CTYer Arya Gartside-Vats and her family are pulling heartstrings around the world with their appearance in a new Alicia Keys video. The homeschooled New York City student is one of several kids featured in the video for Keys’ song “Blended Family (What You Do For Love).” The video has received more than 800,000 views on YouTube since it began airing last week. ...Click here to read more.

CTY Scholar Koi Germany wraps up five-month internship with NBC

Koi at summer programs.Koi Germany recently returned to Hunter College with a load of celebrity sightings to share with his classmates. Over summer break, Koi, a CTY Scholar from the Bronx, wrapped up a five-month internship with NBC’s Today Show, where he rubbed elbows with some of his favorite stars, including Seth Rogan, Zac Efron, and Daniel Radcliffe—a.k.a. Harry Potter.

A typical day on the job included getting coffee for co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, chatting with guests, and assisting with segment production. On one memorable day, he was on set while co-host Natalie Morales attempted stunts from Cirque du Soleil. “She was an amateur, which was cool, and kind of the point,” Koi said. ...Click here to read more.

CTYer’s app connects Alzheimer’s patients with their loved ones

Emma YangWhen CTYer Emma Yang and her family moved from Hong Kong to New York two years ago, the hardest part was leaving her Grandma. Not only did the move put a great distance between them; it made it difficult for the family to communicate with her, since she has Alzheimer’s.
 
“When we talk on the phone, she’ll ask the same questions over and over again,” said Emma, 11. “She’ll ask us how we’re doing and then ask us again like five more times.”...Click here to read more.