Victoria Jiang was born in Monroe, Louisianna and attended Ridgeland High School, where she graduated as salutatorian. She was the 2017 VEX World Championship Math Division Finalist. Victoria was also the recipient of the 2018 Daughters of the American Revolution good citizenship award and 2018 CREATE U.S. Open National Sportsmanship Award. While in school, she was the team co-captain for VEX Robotics and the two-year president for Mu Alpha Theta. Victoria took part in the Junior Diplomat program of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce and was Junior Diplomat of the Year and three-year school ambassador. In her free time, Victoria loves to embroider flowers.
Suyash Rajesh is from Kennesaw, Georgia and attended the magnet program at Wheeler High School, where he was a National Merit Finalist. He has completed engineering internships at Kars' Lab in Anaheim, CA and in Dr. Preet Singh’s lab at Georgia Tech’s School of Materials Science and Engineering. In Dr. Singh's lab, Suyash assisted in research on carburization and its effect on the mechanical properties of various alloys in the petrochemical industry. Overall, Suyash has accumulated 350 service hours during his time in high school. At Wheeler, Suyash was an officer in many service-oriented clubs, including Habitat for Humanity and Helping Hands. Suyash helped raise thousands of dollars every year for house builds for Habitat and worked on the construction. He was also co-president of Physics Club and helped start Computers for a Cause, a club that teaches students how to build and maintain computers, while also giving back to the community. In his free time, Suyash loves anything to do with PCs, whether it be building or gaming. He also collects sneakers, his current favorites being the Air Jordan 1.
Fatima Sheriff was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She has been a member of multiple honor societies, including the National Honor Society as president, French National Honor Society as community service coordinator, and math honor society (MU ALPHA THETA). Fatima is a two-time recipient of the Ram Pride Award, for exemplary character and kindness in the classroom, and an AP Scholar with Distinction. She has also been recognized as an African American Student Alliance student of academic excellence. In the community, Fatima has been a member of Youth Engaged in Philanthropy for two years, a grant program for area youth. Each year, through the program, Fatima and her fellow members have reviewed over 20 grant proposals and have given away a total of $10,000. Fatima was a member of the Ladue Cheerleading Team for all four years of high school, joining the Varsity Team her sophomore year. In her free time, Fatima enjoys reading, drawing, painting and camping.
Mackenzie Sicard attended North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. She is a recipient of the Allaire Medal and was recognized twice as an NCWIT Aspirations in Computing runner-up. Mackenzie has spent more than 250 hours doing volunteer work. She was a two-year drum major for her high school marching band and served as the director of operations for Kell Robotics. In her free time, Mackenzie loves playing games with her friends, playing the piano, and cuddling with her two cats.
Simrill Smith is from Decatur, Georgia and graduated from Druid Hills High School as a student of the International Baccalaureate program. She has been recognized academically as a recipient of her school’s Brandeis Book Award, the Faculty Cup, and was distinguished as a Georgia Scholar upon graduating. Simrill is passionate about engineering for sustainable development, and travel has been an integral part of this interest. As a founder and captain, respectively, of her school’s Female Empowerment Movement (FEM) Club and Environmental Club, Simrill has initiated service projects, such as collecting used clothing to be woven into household items. She has also taken part in service activities through Beta Club and National Honor Society.
Alahna Smith was born in Washington, D.C. and now resides in Takoma Park, Maryland. She attended Wheaton High School as an Engineering Magnet Scholar and Wheaton High School’s Most Involved Student. She was the class of 2018 president, Key Club President, and a member of the National Honors Society, National Society of Black Engineers and Science Bowl Team. Outside of school, Alahna volunteers her time at local recreation centers for holiday events or as a daycare helper and has received the Certificate of Meritorious Service in Montgomery County. She has participated in multiple summer programs such as Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development where she specialized in Honors Data Science in 2015, Morgan State’s SAMS Program in 2016, and The National Student Leadership Conference Engineering Program at Georgia Tech in 2017. Since the age of eight, she has participated in the National Society of Black Engineers’ Summer Educational Experience for Kids Program. Alahna was on the Varsity Poms, Basketball and Lacrosse teams as captain. In her free time, Alahna enjoys the gym and dance classes.
Nate Tenorio is from Downers Grove, Illinois and graduated from Downers Grove North High School. His academic honors include valedictorian, National Spanish Honors Society, National Merit Commended and Math Department Gold Key Award Winner. Nate has been involved in drumline as captain, marching band section as captain, Varsity Scholastic Bowl Team, and the Real World Design Challenge Engineering Competition. Outside of school, Nate gives back to the community by fixing bikes for Working Bikes and Bikes for Lesotho. He also has worked as a private tutor for many members of the community. In his free time, Nate enjoy board games, disc golf, percussion and soccer.
Sierra Villerreal was raised in Stafford, Virginia and graduated from Mountain View High school as salutatorian of her 2018 class. Sierra was a full International Baccalaureate diploma candidate at her school, while playing and training for varsity Track and Field all year long. She also learned Spanish at the Universidad de Monterrey Mexico. Sierra interned at Arizona States’ biomedical engineering laboratories and plans to major in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech. She is passionate about running, reading and learning about anything and everything.
Sidney Winfield was born in Kankakee, Illinois and attended Kankakee High School, earning high honor roll each year. He served as team captain for one of the district’s FIRST FTC robotics teams for three years, as well as president of the school’s National Honors Society, along with being the vice president of the student council. In Sidney’s senior year of high school, he participated in the district’s early college program and attended Kankakee Community College. Sidney has volunteered more than 150 hours toward community service during his high school career through various clubs and community events. In his free time, Sidney loves to read sci-fi books and listen to music.