Sylvia is a high-achieving, industrious student leader fascinated with the benefits and potential of technology. In her communities she’s a technology evangelist as the co-founder of the Project Invent team, inventing a unique prosthetic grip for the disabled. She is co-president of the Girls Who Code club and has organized mini-conferences, field trips, workshops, guest lectures and promoted STEM girl empowerment. Her voice helped convince her school to establish its first official computer and data science program. She’s an active team player in FIRST Robotics competitions, architecting and building the base and elevator mechanisms. Sylvia is also the co-chair of the Cornerstone Leadership Council at A Better Chance, volunteering extensively to help minority and underprivileged students instill leadership, communications and technology skills. By participating in several hackathons, she developed the technical skills to create multiple apps and websites on health and diversity issues, using different social platforms to collaborate with her peers. She was accepted into the 2019 Electronic Arts summer immersion program and created an innovative prototype racing videogame to raise environmental awareness. Sylvia was also selected to participate in the 2018 National Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Nashville. As a Girl Scout, she was recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service gold award. Sylvia loves puzzles, brainstorming and solving problems in a wide range of areas from autonomous vehicles to artificial intelligence, and has been class winner in the Elimination contest two years running. Her optimism and passion for applying technology with proper guidance to create positive change and progress is evident. Aside from computing, Sylvia plays volleyball as floor captain and setter for the league championship team this year, and enjoys lacrosse, dance, choir and ceramics. She received a Scholastic Regional Gold Key for her sculptured octopus bowl and assists younger kids in her local recreation center. In college, Sylvia aims to combine her interest in engineering and computer science across disciplines such as community service, transportation, music and art to make the world kinder, easier and better off.