Matthew Byrne was born and raised in California before moving to Augusta, Georgia, where he attended A.R. Johnson Health Science & Engineering Magnet School and graduated as valedictorian. Matthew served as captain of both academic and athletic teams, leading academic decathlon, the math team, and the varsity boys soccer program to state competitions. Throughout high school, Matthew worked for his family’s nonprofit to develop water purification technology using regenerative pasteurization. He built the organization’s website and designed many of the 3D modeled components. Outside of school, Matthew enjoys riding dirt bikes, yo-yoing, and listening to country music.
Yunho Cho grew up in Incheon, Korea, before immigrating and attending East Coweta High School in Newnan, Georgia. He participated in the robotics team, received an award at Georgia Tech's K-12 InVenture Prize, and was accepted into the Georgia Governor's Honors Program for engineering. Later, he co-founded the school's 3D Printing Club and launched free-of-cost 3D printing service for all students. In church, Yunho translated Bible study notes and service transcripts for the youth community, while managing cameras and audio for online service during the COVID-19 pandemic. He led community translation efforts of open source software tools, including OctoPrint and KiCad, and was hired as an intern at Tap Systems Inc. developing experimental computer input methods. In his free time, Yunho hangs out at the mechanical engineering makerspace on campus.
Jade Downer is from the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, where she attended high school at St. Joseph's Convent Port of Spain. During her senior yeah, she was the captain of her house, Blessed Anne Marie. Jade participated in a variety of school activities including volunteering with a school club, Make a Difference Everywhere (MADE), for beach clean-up activities. Jade was a gymnast from an early age and participated competitively for a number of years. Belonging to the Roman Catholic faith, she was an altar server at her parish church, St. Finbar's RC, from her early teens. Following her own confirmation at the age of 14, she added the role of Catechist to her resume, teaching her peers who were preparing for the sacrament. She is a self-taught pianist and also enjoys playing her guitar and the steelpan, the national instrument of her homeland. In her spare time, Jade enjoys watching Japanese anime and spending time outdoors.
Violeta Escandon Correa is from Bogota, Colombia, and moved to Queens, New York, when she was 8 years old. She attended the engineering academy at the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering, and Architecture and ranked third in her class. She was also in the National Honor Society and was the captain of the varsity volleyball team. Violeta has completed over 250 of community service, serving her school with fundraisers, volunteering at JumpStart Tutoring, supporting staff members at summer camps, and helping patients at Determination Physical Therapy. She has presented published research at the Geological Society of America and has conducted research on her own at the York College Summer Research Program. She has also participated in the NASA MUREP Aerospace Program, where she constructed and coded a control remote car from scratch. In her free time, Violeta exercises, cooks, and explores with friends.
Tyra Grant was born in San Jose, California, and raised in Suwanee, Georgia, where she attended and graduated from Collins Hill High School. Tyra was a member of multiple honors societies, including her high school’s Science National Honor Society and Math National Honor Society. She also served on the executive board for her senior class. She served in leadership positions as the president of the Science National Honor Society and captain of her school’s track and field team. Tyra was a co-founder of the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project Community Workshops and co-president of the Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity. Tyra led the Suwanee Food Truck Friday for 2019 and served as the representative of the Suwanee Youth Leaders Class of 2019. During past summers, she enjoyed shadowing Dr. El-Amin at El-Amin Orthopedics Sports Institute, writing poetry, and feeding the homeless. She participated in Georgia Tech’s iGniTe program in the summer of 2021.
Nebiyelleul Kiros (Nebiyu) is from Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended Tucker High School and was in the top 10% of his graduating class. Outside of academics, he led his TSA chapter as sergeant at arms and programmer in VEX robotics. He spent much of his time volunteering through his school's Beta Club and National Honor Society, which included packaging food for those in need in his community and cleaning up/maintaining the local gardens and parks. He also played on his high school’s tennis team and the Tucker Youth Soccer Association. He also co-founded his high school's ping pong club. Outside of school, he’s a deacon at his church, where he assists the priests and serves the attendees in communion. Nebiyu enjoys trying new things, playing sports, watching anime, investing, and having long conversations with friends.
Isabella Lopez was born and raised in Honduras before moving to Key West, Florida, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Key West High School. While holding the position of vice president of the National Honor Society, Isabella also participated in her school’s student council, mock trial team, and co-founded a club to promote school beautification. In addition to her academic endeavors, Isabella ran varsity cross country and track throughout high school, earning runner of the year for Monroe County. During her free time, Isabella loves to volunteer, read, and rank the best boba tea shops in Atlanta.
Caleb Simmons was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and has always strived to model his story after “Greatness from Humble Beginnings.” He was a DISD Scholar, AP Scholar, QuestBridge Scholar Finalist, and Gates Scholar, as well as a member of JRF Impact and the College Board National African American Recognition Program. Caleb graduated 4th in his class at Townview Science and Engineering Magnet. He also earned two high school STEM summer internships at Abbott Laboratories working in the Diagnostics Division. He strives to be a computer engineer with the goal of innovating technology that will support those who are less fortunate than him, allowing him to give back to his own community. In his free time, Caleb enjoys playing basketball, watching YouTube and Anime, writing raps/poetry, and making music.
Harbin Singh is from Potomac, Maryland, where he attended Winston Churchill High School. He was the co-captain of his FIRST robotics team that advanced to the world championship and tutored his peers in math and physics. This is where he found his passion for mechanical engineering and the design process. He also served as the president of the nonprofit organization Sikh Kid2Kid, where he trained teachers about common misconceptions of Sikhism. As a Sikh, Harbin believes in Seva — a selfless service — to make his community a better place. Outside of school, he enjoys analyzing movies and playing basketball.
Thu Truong was born in My Tho, Vietnam, and was raised in Rome, Georgia, where she attended Rome High School and graduated as valedictorian. She served in many leadership positions including secretary for Future Health Professionals (HOSA), a communications officer for National Honor Society, and an engineering ambassador within her school's Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education organization. She also worked toward her certified medical assistant healthcare certification. She seeks to discover an intersection between pharmaceutical science and design, with the goal of advancing public health. Outside of school, she volunteered much of her time towards community service and spent evenings working at her family's nail salon. She enjoys watching international films/shows, making Spotify playlists, trying new foods, and reading novels in her free time.
Alessandro Zerbini is from Reno, Nevada, and attended Hug High School. As a first-generation college student, he is incredibly excited by the opportunities offered to him by Georgia Tech. He enjoys volunteering in the community through activities such as tutoring middle schoolers and helping residents in VA hospitals. He enjoys being part of a team and served in leadership positions in the National Honor Society and Junor ROTC. In his free time, he enjoys messing around with electronics and playing video games.