First Name

Kelsey

Last Name

E.

Bio

Kelsey loves to learn and is driven to succeed. She is most passionate about computers, innovation, engineering, and helping others. To date, her most gratifying accomplishment was founding and teaching a six-week long, AspireIT program called "Computing and Technology (CaT) for Girls". This program allowed Kelsey to foster technological interest in the young minds of girls in grades 7-11 by teaching them basic programming and game design skills. The positive response to this program initiated a drive to create a new course of study next year at Kelsey's high school: AP Computer Principles. This was not the first time that Kelsey's desire to improve society prompted her to found a social organization or program; she also created two social programs called "K-Bear Cares" and "Kids 2 Connect U". "K-Bear Cares" is a social enterprise that donates its proceeds to animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centers. "Kidz 2 Connect U" is a program that teaches computer and social media skills to homebound seniors in order to improve their quality of life by increasing their communication with others. Kelsey has acquired over 2,000 hours of community service during her high school career through her active involvement in the programs she founded as well as other established local and national organizations. Kelsey has been a recipient of the NCWIT Aspirations Central California Affiliate Award for three consecutive years: 2016, 2107, and 2018. She was also a 2017 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Runner-up. Kelsey actively competes on many school academic and athletic teams: FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team, Math Team, National Science Bowl Team, Science Fair Team, Softball Team, National History Day Team, and Girls' Basketball Team. For three years, Kelsey has been a member of the Buchanan Bird Brains FRC Team that placed first in the entire world at the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition World Festival. For five years, Kelsey has been competing on a National History Day Team that has won awards at the county, state, and national levels, placing 2nd in the nation during the 2016 National History Day Competition. In spite of the many extra-curricular activities that Kelsey consistently engages in, she has maintained a 4.22 cumulative GPA in rigorous coursework consisting of honors and AP classes. Kelsey has also earned life membership in California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and National Honor Society (NHS), where she currently serves as the NHS President. Next year, Kelsey will begin working on an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering with minors in both Math and Physics. Afterward, she plans to obtain a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering and pursue a career in the fields of Cyber Security and Cryptography. Within these fields, Kelsey would like to focus on addressing security and privacy concerns. In addition to her formal education and professional aspirations, Kelsey plans to continue serving as an advocate and mentor for girls interested in the computing and technology fields. Moreover, Kelsey plans to continue to found programs and social enterprises that utilize technology to improve the lives of others in various ways.