My journey into computer science started in New York during the 5th grade when I was introduced to the fantasy video game “Kingdom Hearts.” I was absolutely hooked and a few days later I decided I wanted to create my own video game. With the help of my homeschool mom, I started Khan Academy and Codecademy’s programming courses.  In addition, I started teaching myself how to build a 3D game using Unity.
That year coding opportunities started popping up everywhere!  I (usually the youngest attendee) was later involved in several hackathons and science-related meetings. Some of which were held by “Black Girls Code,” "Code Day," “All-Star Code,” "The Code Space," and even a Hip-Hop hackathon hosted at the Spotify headquarters in New York City. 
With continual exposure, my passion for computer science continued to grow and I wanted to share my new interest with friends. At 11 years old, I led an after-school technology club in my dining room where I facilitated MIT Scratch coding classes with 10 other kids.  Soon after I was able to travel up to Massachusetts from New York to meet the MIT Scratch team.  Walking through the MIT media lab was an unforgettable experience. The founder of Scratch along with his team heavily encouraged me to keep pursuing my newfound passion.
Then in 2017-18, I was awarded a scholarship to become a Front-End Web Developer through the Udacity Nanodegree program. I advanced quickly and successfully through the curriculum and learned the skills needed to have a great future in technology.
In addition, for two consecutive years, I served as a leader on the Rockin’ Robots Robotics team. They competed at the New York Robocup Jr. USA soccer competition and placed second each year.
My reputation grew as a “computer geek” and over the summer of 2018, I was asked to partner with the CEO of Sherohub (a non-profit organization) to help build and provide the artwork for a video game. The purpose of the game is to help educate and prevent domestic violence in relationships for women and girls.  Currently, the game has been translated into Creole; the native language of Haiti, and has been brought over to Haiti for testing.  I continue to work with them as the game is reaching Haiti, South Africa, and America.
For 2018-19, I stayed busy developing my skills during my freshman year of high school and completed the Udacity Nanodegree program called, Virtual Reality Developer.  It was a wonderful opportunity of learning from industry experts like Google and Unity. 
Last school year I moved to Memphis, TN, and jumped into the tech scene right away by committing to volunteer every Tuesday and Thursday (3 hrs/week) with CodeCrew in partnership with St. Jude Hospital to work with their fund development team (ALSAC) to create an app using artificial intelligence that will help the children at the hospital.
In addition to acing my Intro to Java course with Grand Canyon University, I also joined the “Memphis Mech Warriors” Robotics Team.  January was the kick-off of their extremely busy robot-building season as the team prepared for the 2020 First Robotics Competitions.

That fall, I experienced my greatest technology accomplishment by building an App, called “Safety U” using MIT App Inventor in collaboration with my sister Anaya. The game’s purpose is to help educate first-year female college students on how to navigate campus life while staying safe from sexual assault. As a result, they won the Congressional App Award for District 9 and earned an honorable mention for the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards. 
Needless to say, I was busy in my new home of Memphis and as a 2019 NCWIT AspireIT leader, I planned to share my love of technology by instructing over 30 girls in a spring App Hackathon funded by NCWIT. Sadly, the Covid Pandemic hit the world and the event had to be postponed to the fall of 2020. Not deterred, I was overwhelmed with joy when I was selected as an NCWIT 2020 local and national winner.
Allowing the national win to launch me, I didn't let the pandemic slow me down and during the summer, I, along with my sister (and a friend), won a summer hackathon by developing an app using MIT App Inventor. The app entitled, "Walk in My Shoes" took on a social justice theme of police brutality.
Once fall began, I once again signed up to volunteer with St. Jude Hospital where she plans to spend over 100 hours building a video game in Unity to help the hospital raise money for children and families in need. In addition, she happily re-planned a virtual Girl's Game Day for November, teaching girls how to build games with social impact.
My future is bright and she desires to attend a college that will allow me to pursue a degree exploring software engineering, my love of art, and game design. It is my dream to create a video game that will help address the issues of teen mental health and help lower the depression and suicide rate amongst my generation.
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