First Name

Sanja

Last Name

K.

Bio

Sanja is a Portage High School senior with a current GPA of 4.7, taking AP classes. After school, aside from attending extracurriculars, she is an active Boys and Girls Club member. The Boys and Girls Club has provided Sanja with many opportunities to advance in technology and has helped her shape her future life goals. At the club, she participates in all of the Digital Arts Festival and ImageMakers programs consisting of Photography, Movie Making, Music Making, Game Design, Graphic Design, Animation, Robotics and App Pitch. Since third grade, Sanja has submitted entries in all of the categories annually, eventually earning many Regional awards. In 2014, Sanja received two awards on a National level - one for Animation and one for Game Design; in 2018, she received a National award in App Pitch for her app design Commit. In recognition of her achievements, she attended a national winners trip to Los Angeles, CA as a guest to Sony, Comcast, NBC Universal Studios, and Cartoon Network where she got in touch with technology and art professionals. Two year ago, she entered the National STEM Video Game Challenge organized by Smithsonian, Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and E-Line Media and received the national award in the category for her Written Game Design Document. In 2017, she received another national award in the category sponsored by National Geographic for her new Written Game Design Document. Her reward trip to Washington D.C. introduced her to technology at the industrial level. Through technology summer camps and her PLTW courses, Sanja has been introduced to software used today in computer graphics, design, architecture, and engineering. Over the summer, she attended a Yale Young Global Scholars Applied Science and Engineering session where she attended lectures by esteemed faculty, discussed with like-minded students, and completed a capstone project. Additionally, Sanja is part of the MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC), learning about Astrophysics and the art of science writing from professionals in their field. These experiences have motivated Sanja to choose a STEM related career and work hard for her goals. Sanja is currently heavily involved in her Robotics team, the Porta-Botz!, Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society, and Student Council. Her experience of being in robotics for three years has allowed her to start an all-women's team at her school. This year, the all-women's team created and implemented an AspireIT outreach program, She Can Tech to excite young girls about computer science. In BPA, she received 7th place in Visual Studios/ C++ Programming and 11th place in Fundamental Desktop Publishing at the Indiana State level in 2017. This year, she hopes to show progress in her competitions and further her skills. Sanja wishes to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and major in an engineering field.