Audrey ChengAudrey Cheng loves chemistry. It’s a love the 17-year-old Californian says she did not inherit from her parents, both of whom are computer engineers. “Dad always declares, ‘Chemistry is a foreign language to us,’” says Audrey. “‘We don’t have that in our DNA.’”

Maybe not, but last week, Audrey’s project improving the energy output of organic solar cells earned her a spot as one of 300 semifinalists in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search (STS), one of the most prestigious science and math competitions for high school seniors in the United States. It also made her one of the 80 semifinalists who are also CTYers. ...Read more about this Awesome CTYer.