Ruby Halfacre is currently an IB junior at Southeast High School in Bradenton, Florida. Outside of school, Ruby enjoys traveling, dancing, playing tennis and reading. She hopes to one day attend the John Hopkin’s University with a degree in International Studies.
Daryn Dever is currently a sophomore at the University of Central Florida. She is studying Psychology and Statistics and is a research assistant in a PeRL psychology lab. Daryn enjoys playing soccer, tennis, and “enoing” in her spare time.
Naomi D’Arbell is a senior in the IB program at Longview High School. In addition to one-variable calculus, she enjoys regional expository writing contests and national STEM competitions. True to her inner kid, her favorite show is Steven Universe. Also, Naomi is the head author and illustrator of two children’s books about chemistry, her favorite scientific field.
Karen Yung is a senior at Unionville High School. She reads, writes, plays the flute, lives in Pennsylvania, and is undecided on her future.
Arselyne Chery is a senior at the School for Advanced Studies where she hopes to graduate with both an Associates in Art degree and a high school diploma. Although she enjoys engulfing herself in the sciences and in mathematics, her true passion lies with creative writing. You can find her writing poetry and short scripts and plays in her free time.
Kaylynn is currently in her senior year of high school and is planning to study biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan next year. In addition to loving science (especially biology), she has a passion for music and has been teaching music theory lessons for four years. In her free time, Kaylynn enjoys playing her guitalele and watching Steven Universe.
Kathleen Frost is a sophomore at the University of Florida, studying behavioral and cognitive neuroscience and journalism. She’s also a research intern at the Cognitive Aging and Memory Lab at the university, looking at the relationship between transcranial direct-current stimulation and cognition. In addition to science, Kathleen loves to write, including for The Florida Basement, a magazine dedicated to the Gainesville music scene. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys everything nerdy and is an avid fan of classic rock.
Alyssa Bent is currently an IB senior in Melbourne, Florida. She lives with her two hamsters and husband on the beach. Outside of school she often enjoys creative writing and reading. She will attend the University of Pittsburgh and hopes to one day have a career as a psychiatrist for an organization similar to Doctors without Borders, bringing mental clarity to those who may not have access to mental healthcare.
Kristine is attending the University of California, Berkeley on the pre-medical track and intends to major in Molecular and Cell Biology. She is very passionate about art and science, and she can often be found drawing away on her tablet during her free time or reading articles on the latest scientific news from journals such as Scientific American. Her interests include listening to Disney music, playing video games, watching cartoons, and petting cats.
Eleni Spanolios graduated from Palm harbor University High School with her IB diploma. She is now attending New College of Florida, perusing a degree in physics and international studies. In her free time, Eleni enjoys sailing, working with the wellness committee on campus, and volunteering with Bead For Life.
Sandra Gómez is a high school student from Madrid, Spain, with an insatiable curiosity for learning. She enjoys writing, reading and playing volleyball. In the future, she hopes to attend a prestigious college and get involved with academic research. She is also a talented math and physics student and loves science fiction.
Christina Gaw is from Belton, Texas and currently a freshman at Baylor University planning to major in chemistry on the pre-medicine track. She likes being involved around campus and in the community. Her interests include running, volunteering, and traveling.
Sam Pickerill is from South Florida and is currently a junior at Duke University. He studies environmental sciences while taking a special interest in marine and coastal regions. He has recently assisted on research involving the echolocation behaviors of Hawaiian spinner dolphin, and will be continuing research on the feasibility of ocean energy sources. In his free time Sam works as a basketball and soccer referee, and also enjoys offshore fishing.
Katy is a senior at Orangefield High School with a 4.0 GPA and a passion for the environment. She loves to garden, run, cook vegan food, play piano and flute, and learn. She is also the founder and president of the Earth Club of Orangefield (ECO) and enjoys volunteering at her local community garden. Next year, she hopes to attend an elite liberal arts college to study both Environmental Studies and International Relations.
Vivian is a senior at Chandler High school. At Chandler, she created a Red Cross chapter at her school and has volunteered with the organization since then. She enjoys biology and hopes to research different ways to approach secretases production in Alzheimer’s. Her hobbies include volunteering, playing tennis, and participating in Speech and Debate.
Ana is currently studying Neuroscience with Psychology in Aberdeen, Scotland. Other than science, she enjoys swimming, reading and travelling. In the future, she plans on pursuing a career in medical research.
Malka is an incoming high school senior from Miami Beach, Florida. Albeit being a busy student with a love for learning, she still enjoys filling her leisure days by going to the beach, watching movies on Netflix, and having fun with friends. She would like to make a shout-out to all the “TiPsters” in the world–you guys rock!
Smarika currently attends Westwood High School. She has a passion for poetry and photography. She is also an avid reader and her favorite genres are historical fiction and autobiographies. She has a personal blog as well: www.smarikarijal.wordpress.com.
Margie is a senior in high school. She enjoys writing and is a member of her school’s newspaper and literary magazine. When she’s not studying, Margie usually reads, practices the violin, or binge-watches YouTube videos. Margie is excited for college and she is anticipating discovering new hobbies and interests.
Asraa attends Spruce Creek High School and is incredibly motivated to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. Her passion lies in scientific research, specifically in microbiology, and has been conducting her own research since eighth grade. She has participated in the Florida SSEF fair, created a club at her high school, and hopes to continue pursuing science. In her downtime, she takes creative photographs to post on her photography blog.
Sahaj Shah is a senior at Pflugerville High School. Besides calculus, Sahaj enjoys learning new languages and being involved with the community. He is the founder and president of Model UN club at his school, involved in research for the past two summers, and a passionate environmentalist. He hopes to study Computer Science and Physics next year.
Zoe Sugar is a sophomore in high school from Surfside, Florida. When she is not working on her studies, she enjoys going to the beach and watching shows on Netflix. Her other interests include running, volunteering and traveling.
Lydia Abedeen is a high school senior currently living in Orlando, FL. She is an avid writer and science enthusiast, and is currently deciding on which college to attend where she can foster both interests. Her hobbies include dreaming, falling asleep, and eating hot cross buns.