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A senior at Cherry Creek High School, Katja is ecstatic to have received the NCWIT National Honorable Mention and the Colorado Regional Affiliate Winner Award again this year. Her passion for computer science began her sophomore year when she took AP Computer Science, earning a 5 on the AP test. She continued her Java skills and established her Swift skills by taking Data Structures and Algorithms as well as iOS App Development last year as a junior. Katja joined the FIRST Robotics team at her school as a freshman and became the team captain her sophomore year. Her team won the Denver Regional her freshman year, going on to St. Louis to participate in the World Championship. As team captain, she established a tech support program at a retirement home, presented at various STEM presentations, and hosted an open house to educate her school about robotics. She was nominated for the FIRST Robotics Dean’s List Award and became a semifinalist. To focus more on advancing her cyber skills, Katja also joined her school's Cyber Security junior year. Katja began her programming internship at an insurance company during the summer of 2017 where she still continues to work as an IT intern. She focuses on applying software engineering to maximize efficiency for insurance employees and account security for clients, working with the company CTO on programs that analyze insurance coverage gaps or track key business metrics. Her most recent program successfully filters company leads based on insurance requirements. Katja particularly enjoys applying technology to her other passions in life. Her junior year, she created a website for her school’s National Chinese Honor Society, a club that she has been part of since freshman year. It serves as a Chinese tutoring platform and a means to spread Chinese culture throughout her school and community. She has also applied STEM to her passion for biology, having developed several machine learning models that predict the occurrence of osteoporosis for a class project her junior year. She plans on attending UC Berkeley in the fall and double majoring in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Chinese Language and Culture. She hopes to work on research involving rehabilitative robotics in the future to help patients recover from surgery. In her free time, Katja likes to play piano and viola, go rock climbing and hiking, and study Chinese.