Student scholars embody an entrepreneurial spirit and community-minded values. At Georgia Tech, students are exposed to cutting-edge academic research programs and thought leaders in business and entrepreneurship. But it also goes beyond academics – students gain experience and knowledge through hands-on learning and real-world problem solving. Tech also fosters creativity and innovation through maker spaces such as the Van Leer Interdisciplinary Commons and the Flowers Invention Studio right here on campus.
Jennie Baker is from Somers, New York where she attended Somers High School and graduated as the salutatorian. She served as the violin section leader in the orchestra and as president of the service club. She was also a student intern at Salem Hills Nursing Home where she often performed music and engaged in activities with the residents. In addition, Jennie partook in a science research program where she studied minimizing air pollution through agricultural waste fuel sources, ultimately discovering her passion for environmental engineering. Outside of school, she enjoys playing guitar and exploring various genres of music.
Vincent Bell was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and was raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He attended Archer High School, where he was in the top five percent of his class and excelled in mathematics. He would often tutor his peers and worked as a tutor at Mathnasium. He is a member of the Baha’i faith and was raised to be of service to others, spending much of his time devoted to community service. During his free time, he enjoys playing games and spending time with his trusted friends.
Jada Brunson is from McDonough, Georgia and attended Luella High School where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She was an officer in the Student Government Association and member of the varsity cheer team where she cheered football, basketball, and competition cheer seasons. She was also in Principal Council, National Honor Society, math team, peer facilitation, and the UGA Young Scholars Program. During her time as a Young Scholar, she helped conduct research on the removal and recovery of polyfluoroalkyl substances in water through the process of electrocoagulation. In her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix and listening to music.
Azalia Cyphers is from Austin, Texas and attended Manor New Technology High School. She held various leadership positions in high school, such as serving as the captain of the first Varsity Volleyball team in her school’s history, section leader in the Orchestra, and vice -president for her senior class. Azalia also enjoyed volunteering in her community, serving as a mentor and coding instructor for middle school students, and she accumulated over 250 community service hours. She has completed an internship with cybersecurity start-up Threatcare and was inducted into the 2020 Generation Google scholar class. In her free time, Azalia loves to write poetry, create music, exercise, and enjoy nature.
Hector Alejandro Duran is from Miami, FL and attended Jose Marti MAST. He was both class and school president during his time in MAST, co-founded a marine science lab, and served as president of Marine Science Club and TSA. Additionally, he conducted research focused on a different approach to lab instruction in a secondary setting. He also was the Captain for his Judo tournament team from 2017 to 2020. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, fishing, playing basketball, and spending time with his family.
Nathaniel (Nate) Grayson is from McDonough, Georgia, and attended the Academy for Advanced Studies and Ola High School. He participated in his high school’s Science Olympiad and Math teams, as well as the Academy’s TSA and NASA Human Exploration Challenge team. He took up leadership positions as the head engineer and was nominated for engineering for the Governor’s Honors Program, making it as far as the state interview. He played basketball and was a leader in track, serving as the lead jumper for the track and field team. . Nate led the canned food drive for his cross-country team. Additionally, he received the regional Positive Athlete Georgia scholarship. Over the summers, he enjoyed being active in his community by attending the American Legion Boys State Program, working concession stands for the youth football league, and feeding the homeless. Most recently, he participated in Tech’s Ignite program this past summer. Nate enjoys being a part of the Tech family and looks forward to what is to come as a Clark Scholar and Yellow Jacket.
Eileen Liu is from Alpharetta, Georgia and attended Alpharetta High School. She served as concertmaster of her school's orchestra, president of National Chinese Honors Association, and an active member of Science Olympiad. Outside of school, Eileen was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra (associate concertmaster), and she also managed her own quartet. Additionally, she enjoys volunteering and traveled to New Mexico on a volunteer trip for three consecutive summers, serving as a Team Leader for her church's summer program. In her free time, Eileen enjoys embroidery, volleyball, and playing the violin, piano or guitar.
David Morales is a first-generation student from Griffin, Georgia who graduated from Griffin High School. He served as captain of his tennis team for two years, and participated in Academic Quiz Bowl and FIRST Robotics. All throughout school he worked at El Charro restaurant and loved being a server. He also worked during the summer as an intern at his local airport and helped with the restoration of older planes. During his leisure time, David enjoys baking, exploring new areas, listening to K-Pop, and gardening.
Joe R. Stover is from Bonita Springs, Florida and attended First Baptist Academy. Along with his academic achievements, he gave back to his community through volunteering in equine therapy and as a youth flag football referee. Joe seeks to implement the knowledge learned in his Materials Science and Engineering major to help reimagine the next generation of manufacturing technology materials. In his free time, Joe enjoys strength training, playing basketball, and researching investment trading.
Gigi Tu is from Lilburn, Georgia and attended Meadowcreek High School. She graduated as salutatorian of her class and is also a first-generation college student. In high school, she served as the vice president of her chapter’s Future Business Leaders of America and actively participated in other school organizations like Science Olympiad and National Honor Society. In addition to her extracurriculars, she interned at Cisco and Ricoh USA and worked at a student-based enterprise which built websites and designed graphics for different clientele. Outside of her studies, Gigi enjoys cooking and watching movies.
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 in 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.
Courtnee James was born in Bronxville, New York and attended Monsignor Scanlan High School. While in high school, she received the President’s Award for academic excellence, the American Citizenship award, and a City Council Citation for outstanding citizenship. Furthermore, she completed over 300 hours of community service and was a member of thirteen clubs and honor societies. Courtnee participated in constitutional law debates and participated in a rotating internship at a law firm. In her free time, Courtnee loves to watch movies and shows, read, and expand her vocabulary.
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.