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Awesome CTYers

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.

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.

CTYer Luz Mercado named Gates Millennium Scholar

Luz MercadoCTY Scholar Luz Mercado first set her sights on college in sixth grade, when she and her parents went on a class field trip to Pomona College. 
 
Her parents are from Guadalajara, Mexico, and speak little English. No one in her family had ever gone to college, but the campus tour suddenly made it seem possible. 
 
“That was a turning point, when my family said, ‘Yes, we think you could do this,’” Luz said. 
 
She’s been working to prove them right ever since. ...Click here to read more.