First Name

Anjali

Last Name

C.

Bio

Anjali is a Junior at duPont Manual High School, a Math, Science, Technology Magnet school in Louisville, KY. She has deep passion in the areas of technology and innovation. She has spent a lot of time learning to code in various languages like Java, Python, C, and enjoys working on Arduino and Raspberry Pi devices. Anjali is a Best In Nation winner in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge for developing an App using MIT App Inventor that helps new and inexperienced drivers. She enjoys applying the knowledge of programming and software development to help solve real-world problems. This quality lead to her founding a nonprofit called Empowered at the Catapult Ideas Entrepreneurship Incubator. The mission of Empowered is to train underserved high school girls in technological skills and pair these students with minority women entrepreneurs in their community. Together, these women and girls are able to form a close knit and trusting partnership that enables young women to develop life skills and relationships, while small business owners have a greater chance of success and reaching their potential. Anjali has also interned at an impact investing firm called Access Ventures in order to further connect with businesses and youth in her Louisville community as well as learn more about microfinance. She is the Vice President for her school’s 150-member chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA), a nationwide organization. As for solving real-world problems, Anjali has spent the last year developing a novel arsenic sensor using IoT devices and software. Creating this device has allowed her to combine knowledge of programming, chemistry, engineering, and environmental science. Anjali is also interested in the area of innovation and new idea-creation. She serves on a district-wide board for organizing an Idea Festival where student speakers present their ideas on technology, education, politics, and social change. Anjali is also on a city-wide board for Louisville’s mayor’s WE Day/Give a Day program, which promotes community service to all. Anjali received a composite score of 36 on the ACT as a freshman. She has great a great deal of success in various Science Fairs like Intel ISEF, National Junior National Sciences and Humanities Symposium, ISWEEP, Junior Academy of Sciences, Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair, where she has won several top awards. She is also an MIT Think Finalist. Anjali is a voracious reader and has several other interests– she has a deep love for literature, art, and history, and as the captain of her Quiz Bowl team, she has led her school to National Competitions for three years in a row.