Chris Lehmann, the 2016 CTY Distinguished Alumnus, is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia. The school provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics, and entrepreneurship. The school opened in 2006 and two campuses were added in 2013 and 2016. Since 2015, Chris has served as Assistant Superintendent for the Innovation Network of the School District of Philadelphia. He’s the co-author of “Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need” (2015, Wiley) and co-editor of “What School Leaders Need to Know about Digital Technologies and Social Media” (2011, Wiley). He’s the 2014 winner of the McGraw Prize in Education, and was named one of the “30 Most Influential People in EdTech” by Technology & Learning Magazine and one of Dell’s #Inspire100. The White House honored Chris as a Champion of Change for his work in education reform in 2011. Chris received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Arts in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He took seven CTY Summer Programs, including Astrophysics and Logic: Principles of Reasoning.
Ilenna Jones, the 2016 CTY Distinguished Young Alumna, is a Laboratory Research Technician in the Kaminsky Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. While a high school student at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Ilenna was a CTY Center Scholar and an Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist. In 2015, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience from Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, she was awarded a Dean of Faculty Undergraduate Research Grant and a Women In Science Project Internship, and was selected as a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar and Sophomore Science Scholar. She also served as the Dartmouth Quest Scholars liaison. Ilenna has had two research papers published in the areas of genetics, bioinformatics, and molecular biology. In 2014-2015, Ilenna worked with Nobel Prize winner Dr. Thomas Sudhof through the Stanford Summer Research Program and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program. She took two CTY Summer Programs in Genetics and Genomics.