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Shefali is a Computer Science enthusiast who is in the graduating class of 2019 at Huntley High School. Her first exposure to programming languages was her freshman year in which she participated in a Scratch MIT Science Olympiad Event. Winning third place at UIUC’s Illinois Science Olympiad State Competition instilled in her a sense of empowerment for creating applications from scratch. Under the guidance of knowledgeable faculty at her chosen university, she plans to build upon her expertise in the area of knowledge-based AI and machine learning to develop intelligent systems to contribute to the growing demand of cognitive computing. While pursuing her passion for CS, she wishes to continue to bridge the gender disparity in STEM by debunking the myth that engineering isn’t for women through programs like Girls in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science(GEMS). Out of school, she is actively involved in several extracurriculars such as Science Olympiad, Varsity Tennis, Robotics Team, National Honors Society, and Community Service Club. She also holds leadership positions in the North Central District of Student Councils, represents her high school as the HHS HOBY Ambassador, and is a member of the HHS Principal's Advisory Committee. As a leader in her community, her mission is to inspire positive change in the global community of youth. She believes that her computing experience, current knowledge in this discipline, and visions for tomorrow’s accelerating digital era, has prepared her to pursue her passion for Computer Science in the upcoming school year.