Alex Castrejon is from Lilburn, Georgia, and attended Meadowcreek High School. He served as a section leader during his time in the marching band, as well as an avid tutor to the students in several after-school clubs, along with being a participant of the robotics team. Additionally, he was also the head of a STEM-oriented student-based enterprise, which specialized in designing and fabricating solutions to problems encountered around the school. In his free time, he enjoys reading, woodworking, electronic repair, and, most importantly, spending time with his family.
Kasia Fadeeva is from Ithaca, New York where she attended Ithaca High School. In school, she was the treasurer of her Technology Student Association chapter, captain of the Science Olympiad team, and founder and president of the IHS Welcomes Refugees club in which she helped to raise awareness for refugee and migrant issues. Outside of school, Kasia interned at Corning Incorporated where she designed and assembled precision optical fixtures. Furthermore, she worked as a lab research assistant at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where she helped write a program to automate data collection for muscle repair research. In her free time, Kasia enjoys painting, drawing, and programming.
Nicole Frey is from Dallas, Georgia and attended the Academy of Science, Research, and Medicine at Paulding County High School. She held leadership positions in several school organizations and received her CTAE certification in biotechnology. Furthermore, she was the first person in her district to have competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Nicole volunteered in STEM outreach activities for elementary schools in her local area and helped put together fundraisers for the Paulding Education Foundation. Nicole enjoys being actively engaged in her community, as well as giving back to those who have helped her get to where she currently stands today.
Huong Ho was born in Da Nang, Vietnam and was raised in Conyers, Georgia. She graduated as salutatorian from the Rockdale Magnet School for Science & Technology. Huong was the captain of the Rockdale Magnet Math Team, treasurer of the school’s Robotics Team, and an officer for a community service organization called Women on the Way to Success. Furthermore, she was in her school’s Varsity Cross Country team, Mu Alpha Theta, and the National Honors Society. Huong competed in the 2018 International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) and won the ISEF U.S, Air Force Research Laboratory Award. Outside of school, Huong enjoys playing games, gardening, running, and watching comedy TV shows.
John O. Igieobo is from Riverdale, Georgia and attended the AVID program at Creekside High School where he graduated as the valedictorian. Along with his academic achievements, he gave back to his community through the National Honor Society serving as an AVID Ambassador in which he mentored students and was a featured speaker for the Clarke County AVID Summer Institute. He has completed two internships with Georgia Tech’s CEISMC Program and another internship with Fulton County as an IT Security Intern. In his free time, John enjoys anime, comedy, and soccer.
Henry Patrick Taboh is a Cameroonian immigrant who grew up in Maryland and recently became a United States citizen. He is very passionate about sharing his love for science and community service. Coming from a very poor country with a weak technological infrastructure, he was thrilled to explore the fast-paced world of technology. He learned that his for science could help with his efforts in aiding his home country, including leading a book drive that sent over 700 books, computers, and educational material to a startup school in Cameroon in a poverty-stricken area. Outside of his STEM and volunteering interests, Henry hopes to pursue his interests in playing soccer.
Amanda Wang was raised in Lilburn, Georgia and graduated from Parkview High School. She was the team captain of the school’s quiz bowl team, the president of the German club, and concertmaster of the school orchestra. She was recognized for her excellence in German as a two-year gold medal winner on the National German Exam and for scoring the highest in the state. Amanda is passionate about sustainability, which makes her naturally drawn to the field of civil engineering. She devotes her free time to learning languages and reading.
Gabrielle Wong is a multiracial first-generation college student born in Ormond Beach, Florida and raised in Palm Coast, Florida. She graduated from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at Flagler Palm Coast High School. She received the AP Scholar Award and the Medal Hispanic Heritage Youth Award during her high school career. Gabrielle served as the President of the National Honor Society, Historian of Interact and Chief Editor of the seasonal newsletter on the IB Student Council. Furthermore, she is a long-term member of the Flagler Youth Orchestra and has volunteered as a clerk and attorney in the Teen Court Program. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, listening to music and photography.
Kian Zarbaf was born and raised in Miami, FL. He attended the Engineering Magnet Program at Terra Environmental Research Institute. Outside the classroom, Kian served as President of FIRST Robotics, Team Captain of Vex Robotics, and Vice-President of Engineering Club. During his summers, Kian interned at MWL Engineering learning how to weld various materials and operate CNC machinery. Within his community, Kian mentored Vex IQ teams at Calusa Elementary School and taught STEM subjects at Tiger & Dragon Miami Summer Camp. In his free time, Kian enjoys cooking, 3-D Printing, and building R/C Airplanes.