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Shreya Shekhar is currently a sophomore at Basis Independent Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. She has a strong interest in all aspects of computer science and engineering. Shreya’s interest in STEM started early and was further inspired after she took Computer Science courses and did summer projects involving Arduino board programming, AppInventor, and C. As Founder and President of her programming club, CodeCats, and a mentor for GirlsWhoCode club, Shreya has inspired young minds at school to programming skills in Java, Python, and algorithm development. Apart from school activities, she also teaches programming to children and adults in Libraries and community centers as part of MathAndCoding organization. As an appreciation for volunteering in summer camps to teach programming, dance and art to kids, Shreya was awarded President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award. Shreya is an active participant on her FRC Robotics team and is helping design robots using CAD and programming with Java. As Vice President of National Honors Society, she organizes outreach events to allow students to give back to their community. She is also the executive member for the Youth Advisory Council for District 6 in San Jose, participating in tackling issues specific to the youth and making proposals to promote positive change in our community. Shreya also balances her technical interests with extracurricular activities and has a strong passion for Indian classical Bharatanatyam dance, painting and art, and running marathons. In order to continue to develop a strong foundation in science and technology, Shreya is taking some of the advanced AP level classes in Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Psychology, and Computer Sciences. She is especially interested in pursuing the application of computing technologies to medical field to solve medical problems and help people lead better quality lives.