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Date: Nov 2016

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....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

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. ...Read more about this Awesome CTYer.