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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 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.

Q&A with Simone Braunstein, CTY alumna and roboticist

simone braunsteinWhen it comes to engineering and robotics, you might say that CTY alumna Simone Braunstein has the touch.
 
Simone has spent the last couple of years creating a device to improve robotic surgery. Using computer consoles, robotic surgeons insert small instruments through tiny incisions and guide them to tiny spaces in the body human hands can’t reach. The result is faster recovery times as well as fewer, smaller scars....Click here to read more.

CTYer works to empower girls

Sejal HathiWhen she was 15 years old, Sejal Hathi was diagnosed with anorexia. During her treatment, she learned a lot about herself, but she also realized something larger about the culture she grew up in: “Through the conversations I had with other young women with depression, eating disorders, and other psychosocial problems, I realized that so many of us were suffering from a lack of self-love and this crazy desire to be perfect,” she says.  “That realization and empathy—the realization that I wasn’t alone—pushed me to do something about it.”

The result? Sejal founded Girls Helping Girls, a nonprofit organization that partners girls in the United States with girls in developing countries so they can help each other solve problems in their communities....Click here to read more.

CTY Scholar makes an impression at Microsoft event

Kameron NelsonCTY Scholar Kameron Nelson brought his A-game to a recent Minority Day event hosted by Microsoft. In one productive afternoon, the 15-year-old ninth grader from Alexandria, Va., wowed judges with a charismatic sales pitch, won an essay competition, and possibly landed a summer internship.

Microsoft hosts Minority Day events around the country to inspire students from diverse backgrounds to explore careers in STEM, and Kameron was one of 100 students invited to the Washington, D.C. event this year. Invitees were asked to submit an essay exploring what technology will look like in 2050....Click here to read more.