Meet the All Star Code Summer Intensive graduates and follow their journey. Scroll over each photo and read their exciting updates!
Anthony Box has an appetite for success that is insatiable. A rising Junior, he will be attending The Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University( 北京师范大学第二附属中学), Anthony spends most of his time learning different languages, coding, rowing crew and unicycling, all while learning his 3rd programming language, Python. This aspiring entrepreneur has also an artistic side, having played piano for 8 years. His list of accolades also deserves recognition: he has received a gold medal in the National Spanish exam, achieved Most Outstanding Computer Science Student at Wakefield High School, was featured on CNN, and attended an exchange program in China. Connect with Anthony on LinkedIn.
A freshman at SUNY Albany’s Honors College, Ashim Khadka is majoring in Computer Science while enjoying the quietness that his new city has to offer. During his time at Grover Cleveland High School, Ashim was named MVP for his track team, was a member of the honors society Arista, as well as a member of N.S.H.S.S. He enjoys working out, camping and reading. Connect with Ashim on LinkedIn.
A rising Junior at The High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at City College, Austin Carvey enjoys discrete mathematics, coding, running, planning events, and of course, getting new perspectives on life. During Summer 2015, Austin had the opportunity to intern with CultureIQ. He’s also a student researcher at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center. He is the captain of his cross-country team, and has received multiple academic awards at his school for math, history and science. It is safe to say that Austin is a true MVP, having received an MVP award from All Star Code’s General Assembly workshop and another one for his track team. A cool fact? Austin taught himself how to build web apps with Ruby and Sinatra as a side project during the Summer Intensive. Austin is a co-founder of national tech collective The Young Hackers. Please visit younghackers.us for more info. Connect with Austin on LinkedIn.
An avid soccer player fan and player, Bernie Wright hopes to continue to play soccer in college. Until then, he attends The Dalton School, located in Manhattan, where he spends his time taking computer science courses and learning more about engineering. Bernie returned to All Star Code as a Teaching Fellow in the Summer of 2015. Connect with Bernie on LinkedIn.
An aspiring theoretical physicist and applied mathematician, David Lynch is a senior at Poughkeepsie High School. In addition to participating in All Star Code, David has been a part of a multitudinous amount of college programs including Vassar Exploring College and Marist College. To add to his resume, David has not only been accepted into the National Honor Society, but also finished in second place in Dutchess County’s Annual Science Fair. He also participated in the Princeton Tech Program-Leda Scholars Summer Institute. Connect with David on LinkedIn.
An Applied Mathematics major at Columbia University, Dessi Gando is interested in soccer, calculus, physics and playing fighting games. Prior to All Star Code, Dessi had no coding experience. Now, he plans to take an Intro to Java course at Columbia. During the Summer Intensive 2014, Dessi was able to use his “math mind” and algorithmic thinking to successfully make a blackjack game. Connect with Dessi on LinkedIn.
A 2014 Summer Intensive alumni and a Summer Intensive 2015 Fellow, Devon Howell is currently a freshman at Columbia University majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Linguistics. An avid language learner, Devon speaks French, German and Spanish. He was chosen as a 2014 QuestBridge College Prep Scholar, a QuestBridge NYC Cohort Scholar and most recently, was awarded a Bloomberg Prize. Connect with Devon on LinkedIn.
A Barbara L. Christen Scholarship recipient, Djassi Julien is a senior at the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at the City College of New York. Djassi had no prior coding experience before participating in All Star Code. But was always interested in coding, as well as chemistry and gastronomy. For his Summer Intensive Demo Day project, Djassi and his teammates worked on a BlackJack game where he was able to incorporate his love of puzzles and challenges. Djassi is a member of The Young Hackers. Connect with Djassi on LinkedIn.
Eric Razor’s love for computer science and entrepreneurship started in his first year of high school and at the very first All Star Code workshop. He is currently a Senior at the Academy for Software Engineering and is interested in front-end development and web design. Eric attended the Make School Summer Program in California in the Summer of 2015. Eric is a member of The Young Hackers. Connect with Eric on LinkedIn.
Currently a freshman at Marist College, Gary Coltrane’s interests include information technology, software development, mixed martial arts, anthropology, fashion, web development. and philanthropy. During his time in high school, Gary was a multiple time honor roll student, a runner up for the 2014 NYC Small Schools Wrestling Championship, and took several AP courses. At Marist College, Gary is currently taking an Intro to Programming course and working as a software developer for Marist’s College Enterprise Application Banner System. Gary is a member of The Young Hackers. Connect with
Joshua Plummer’s passion for animation was demonstrated during the 2014 Summer Intensive Demo Day project he created with his team, a variation of the “Street Fighter X Tekken” game. Aside from animation, Joshua enjoys basketball and making people laugh. He is a part of the “A Better Chance” program, which has been opening the door to educational opportunities for thousands of young people of color in the nation for over 50 years. He plays intramural basketball at his school and has volunteered in various events such as the MDA Walk and a Toiletry drive. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.
Leighton Watson is fascinated by Computer Programming, Mathematics, Science and English. He is a Senior at The Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx, and seeks to pursue a career in technology upon graduation. During his high school career, he has been a regular student of the Fordham University S.T.E.P. program. He has also received the Eagle Academy Honor Roll Award for multiple successful marking periods along with the Eagle Academy C.L.E.A.R. Award. Leighton participated in Fordham University IT Department Program in the Summer of 2015. Connect with Leighton on LinkedIn.
A freshman at Queens College, Luis Dominguez enjoys spending time in class, but also loves extracurricular activities and fine-tuning his coding skills. When he’s not learning more about web design and computer security, Luis enjoys playing the piano. Connect with Luis on LinkedIn.
One of the first students to participate in an All Star Code event, our Design A Startup In A Day workshop at Spotify, Mamadou Diallo is a Junior at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School. He enjoys reading, playing chess, learning about anatomy and biology, and playing basketball. Mamadou has been awarded a 10 Under 20 Young Innovators To Watch from NYCEDC and participated in the Princeton Tech Program-Leda Scholars Summer Institute. He is working towards acceptance to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. A fun fact? He’s currently creating a website that will forever change the level on which basketball enthusiast compete. Mamadou is a co-founder of national tech collective The Young Hackers. Please visit younghackers.us for more info. Connect with Mamadou on LinkedIn.
After participating for seven years with Graffiti 2 Community Ministries, Michael Hernández decided that it was time to try something new. Enter All Star Code Summer Intensive, where Michael helped design a website along his peers. A current freshman at Denison University, Michael is participating in The Experiment in International Living, in Spain. His favorite part about being in college? That there’s no curfew! Connect with Michael on LinkedIn.
A senior at Baldwin Senior High School, Na’im Jones is interested in lacrosse and technology. He has been involved in a plethora of programs, such as Future Business Leaders of America, Baldwin Senior High School JV Lacrosse, Baldwin Senior High School Track Team and the Robotics Club. Na’im is currently creating a mobile excuse application. Connect with Na’im on LinkedIn.
A first-place winner in his school’s hackathon, Nikolas Rassoules is currently a Senior at Pathways in Technology Early College High School. He is interested in front-end development and photography, and has made an iPhone app and a robot soccer game. Nikolas recently interned at Etsy. Connect with Nikolas on LinkedIn.
Before attending All Star Code’s Design A Start-Up In A Day workshop, Rasheed Evelyn had no previous coding experience. Attending The 2014 Summer Intensive inspired him to progress in his Computer Science learning. A Senior at The Berkeley Carroll School, Rasheed is interested in Foreign Relations, Computer Science and Engineering. He participated in the Summer 2015 Cottage Class Internship as well. Connect with Rasheed on LinkedIn.
Oluwatobi Popoola wants to work at Google one day. Until then, he attends Choate Rosemary Hall where he is a house prefect. His primary interests include producing music and playing basketball, as well as learning about HTML and CSS. He practices website development and design every day. Connect with Oluwatobi on LinkedIn.
Zavier Jenkins joined All Star Code at its first event ever, the Design A Startup In A Day workshop at Spotify. Since then, he has participated in various All Star Code workshops, as well as the 2014 Summer Intensive. While he’s interested in Computer Science, Zavier is also deeply interested in skateboarding and art. Most recently, he interned at Microsoft where he designed and created automated deployment sequences for Microsoft’s next generation software. He also rebuilt Microsoft’s customer interactive center, providing them with a number on Windows 10 demo environments that customers can play with when they visit the Technology Center. Zavier was one of the keynote speakers at All Star Code’s 2015 Summer Benefit. Connect with Zavier on LinkedIn.
Aaron Taylor wants to work at Google or YouTube one day. Until then, he attends North Stafford High School in Stafford, VA. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was seeing the Google and YouTube offices in person. Connect with Aaron on LinkedIn.
An aspiring entrepreneur and athlete, Adrian Davis was born and raised in Brooklyn. He is the son of two parents who were born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was learning HTML and how to use brackets. Adrian is excited to make websites and apps and make money while still in high school. Adrian is currently interning in the marketing department of Bleu Magazine, and was a co-creator on the 2015 Summer Intensive Demo Day Project Briplo, which you can access at briplo.meteor.com with the password “cameron”. Connect with Adrian on LinkedIn.
Born and raised in New York City, Adriel Ortiz is a rising senior at The Eagle Academy for Young Men. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was when Flatiron School Dean Avi Flombaum came to Alley NYC to speak about his journey in the teach industry. Connect with Adriel on LinkedIn.
Originally hailing from Egypt, Ali Eldeeb is a rising junior at Brooklyn Technical High School, currently living in Queens. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was working with his teammates Arick, Joe and Sebastian on a revolutionary and relevant website for his final project. Ali is a Maker Fellow Instructor with the non-profit Maker State. Connect with Ali on LinkedIn.
A member of his high school’s track team, Anand Karmaker lives in Parkchester and attends the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was hearing Curriculum Director Ashley Gavin speak. He thought she was hilarious and inspirational, always following her innate desires and truest convictions. Anand was one of seven AT&T scholars during the 2015 Summer Intensive, and was later featured in the Bronx Times. He is currently organizing hackathons. Connect with Anand on LinkedIn.
Anslem Cambridge isn’t just a rising Junior at the Dalton School, he’s an in-school tutor and track runner as well. Hailing from Brownsville, Brooklyn, Anslem is a coder, computer scientist, and avid reader. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was learning Python. He loves coding in Java and Python. He’s most proud of the Starbucks order generator he made using Python. Connect with Anslem on LinkedIn.
Antoine Stroop Jr.
Learning how to make his own art canvas using Python was a highlight of the ASC Summer Intensive for Antoine Stroop Jr. It is now the screensaver for all of his electronic devices. When Antoine is not learning different types of coding languages and using them to make websites, video games, and art designs, he is attending Marcos de Niza High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Connect with Antoine on LinkedIn.
A Queens native, Arick Huange attends Riverdale Country School in the Bronx. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was participating in office hours. That is where he would work on things that interested him but were not necessarily covered during class. These interests include creating games and graphical effects. Connect with Arick on LinkedIn.
A rising Junior and team player on the varsity soccer team at Packer Collegiate Institute, Ayinde Castro is a Dallas-born Brooklynite. He enjoys coding, videography, photography, chess, and varsity sports. He also holds a leadership position in his school’s multicultural club. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was learning how to pitch ideas, build apps, and celebrate failure. With these skills, he plans to break diversity barriers at school and in the workforce. You can check out Ayinde and his teammates Summer Intensive Demo Day project, Howl, a mobile/web collaboration app, at howl.meteor.com. Connect with Ayinde on LinkedIn.
South Bronx native Brayan Lozano loved getting advice from Flatiron School Dean Avi Flombaum during the ASC Summer Intensive. Avi talked to him about how to work with the challenges you encounter in life. He spoke about dealing with constant failure, what it means to be successful, and how his interest in computer science developed. This conversation gave the Riverdale Country School Senior a better sense of how a computer programmer thinks. Brayan was recently featured in the PBS news segment on All Star Code. Connect with Brayan on LinkedIn.
Cesar A. Alvarado
Originally hailing from Cuenca, Ecuador, Cesar A. Alvarado lives in Queens and attends the High School for Environmental Studies. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was receiving mind-bending knowledge of the real world while building powerful friendships with a community of intelligent mentors and supporters. Connect with Cesar on LinkedIn.
Christopher Sullivan is a senior at Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Catonsville, Maryland. He is an IT employee with ICAT Logistics in Elkridge, Maryland as well. Christopher enjoys playing the guitar and piano, as well as producing videos for YouTube. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was getting to see how the computer skills he was learning were applied and used to change the way people interact with technology at companies such as Google, Dropbox and AIG. Connect with Christopher on LinkedIn.
De Andre King
A self-described idealistic reformer, a success-driven achiever, and a diligent, disciplined young man, De Andre King was one of seven AT&T Scholars during the 2015 Summer Intensive, and currently holds an internship at Bleu Magazine. A student at the Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology in Manhattan, De Andre enjoys watching and analyzing documentaries and researching current and past innovators. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was representing All Star Code in an interview featured on PBS NewsHour. De Andre was recently featured in the Queens Courier as well. He wants to become the best product of himself, and the change he wants to see in the world. Connect with De Andre on LinkedIn.
Originally hailing from Ecuador, Edgar Rivera enjoys programming, website development, and playing soccer and video games. He is a student at the Pan American International High School at Monroe. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was meeting Flatiron Dean Avi Flombaum, who inspired him to keep going, to never give up, and to pursue his dreams. Connect with Edgar on LinkedIn.
Efmajackson Rosario is a Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician in the MOUSE club, a computer science repair club, at his school, the High School of Computers and Technology in the Bronx. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was learning how to code in Python, which led him to programming his very own video game and robot. He also loved learning how to embrace failure and learn from his mistakes. You can check out Efmajackson and his teammates Summer Intensive Demo Day project Howl, a mobile/web collaboration app, at howl.meteor.com. Connect with Efmajackson on LinkedIn.
Originally hailing from Senegal, Elhadji Faye is a sophomore at Inwood Early College. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was learning new things like Python and robotics. He also enjoyed learning how to use coding programs like Brackets to make his own chat website and personal website. You can check out the Summer Intensive Demo Day project Briplo that he made with him teammates at briplo.meteor.com, password: cameron. Connect with Elhadji on LinkedIn.
A peer mentor and member of the cross-country team at Cambridge School of Weston in Massachusetts, Evan Mays is a Junior originally hailing from Dix Hills, Long Island. He is also an active web developer. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was visiting Dropbox. He uses their service daily and he thought it was cool to meet an engineer who helped create it. Connect with Evan on LinkedIn.
Graphic designer and artist Francis Rivera is a Queens native and a senior at the Art and Design High School. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was getting the opportunity to meet new people. Whenever there was a guest speaker, Francis enjoyed hearing about their work and lifestyle, which motivated him to keep moving forward, to keep his head up high, and to always have a positive outlook. Connect with Francis on LinkedIn.
Brooklyn native Henry Cedillo attends the Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was meeting people who work at different types of tech companies. He was inspired by their different backgrounds, and the fact that many of them didn’t get into technology until after college. Connect with Henry on LinkedIn.
Winner of the Lisa Neilson Essay Contest, Brooklyn’s own Isiah Rosa is a junior at the Elizabeth Irwin High School in downtown Manhattan. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was visiting Yelp, seeing their workspace and getting a great sense of their atmosphere. You can check out Isiah and his teammates’ Summer Intensive Demo Day project, NEX Games, at nex.meteor.com. Connect with Isiah on LinkedIn.
A chess team and coding club member at HCZ Promise Academy in Harlem, Bronx native Javaun Salmon has a strong interest in business management. One day soon, he hopes to have his own business. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was learning computational thinking and the thought processes of good software developers. Connect with Javaun on LinkedIn.
Throwing out the first pitch at a Yankees game was certainly one of the highlights of John Abreu’s year. The Bronx bred senior at the Horace Mann school was also featured in the Bronx Times and OneTechStop blog. He participated in the PennApps XII Hackathon at UPenn and a Microsoft TEALS commercial, and was one of the seven AT&T scholars in the 2015 Summer Intensive. One of his favorite parts of the Summer Intensive was speaking with Flatiron School Dean Avi Flombaum. John was dumbfounded by how approachable Avi was, and his advice to constantly learn was especially resonant. Aside from computer science, John loves graphic design and filmmaking, and co-created one of the websites for a Young Hackers hackathon. You can check out John and his teammates’ Summer Intensive Demo Day project, Howl, a mobile/well collaboration app, at howl.meteor.com. Connect with John on LinkedIn.
Joseph Onubogu lives in West Orange, New Jersey and attends West Orange High School. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was getting the opportunity to talk with guest speakers who gave him unique insights into the tech industry. They helped him become more determined about his future. Connect with Joseph on LinkedIn.
A member of his school’s varsity tennis team, Julian Castillo hails from Valley Stream, Long Island. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was creating complex programs with his fellow cohorts, which not only increased his programming skills for the future, but created a bond between him and his new friends as well. Julian loves learning how to develop web pages. It’s a lot of fun for him to create a site that every person on the internet could use. Connect with Julian on LinkedIn.
Justin Bannister lives in Canarsie, Brooklyn and is a junior at Williamsburg Charter High School, where he is the lead guitarist in the school’s band. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was acquiring the programming knowledge that a student majoring in computer science would learn over multiple semesters. He enjoyed meeting people at the top of the tech industry, as well as other young men his age who have now become lifelong friends. You can check out NEX Games, the Summer Intensive Demo Day project he made with his teammates, at nex.meteor.com. Connect with Justin on LinkedIn.
St. Louis born Justin Box currently lives in Arlington, Virginia, where he is a junior a the Island School. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was talking face to face to people in computer science. He got better insight into their day-to-day life, and saw how technology impacts everyone. Connect with Justin on LinkedIn.
One of the seven 2015 Summer Intensive AT&T Scholars, Bronx born Kofi Adu currently attends Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. He was recently featured in the Bronx Times. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was engaging with Flatiron School Dean Avi Flombaum. Hearing from a self-taught computer programming was extremely inspiring and empowering to Kofi. Avi’s story of success and independence inspire Kofi to believe in his own capabilities as a creative thinker and problem solver. Kofi hopes to emulate Avi’s thirst and passion for knowledge, which will encourage Kofi’s self-improvement and drive his curiosity in the future, no matter what. Connect with Kofi on LinkedIn.
Kwaku Kessey-Ankomah Jr.
A member of his school’s robotics engineering club and a volunteer at the SankofaTech North Bronx Ghana SDA Church, Kwaku Kessey-Ankomah Jr. was born in the Bronx and raised in a Seventh Day Adventist Ghanaian household. A senior at Cardinal Hayes High School, Kwaku enjoys volunteering, audio mixing, video editing, singing in his church’s youth choir, and playing trumpet and flugelhorn in his school’s marching bad. Kwaku was recently featured in the Bronx Times as well. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was interacting with the dedicated staff that is keen on helping him and his felling students succeed. Connect with Kwaku on LinkedIn.
Mohammad M. Haque
A Microsoft TEALS commercial participant, Mohammad M. Haque attends The Heritage High Schools in the Bronx, where he participates in the Engineering Club. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was learning valuable technical skills, developing the confidence to pursue his dreams in the tech industry, and listening to Goldman Sachs’ Valentino D. Carlotti speak. The quote Valentino said that sticks most with Mohammad is, “Others will try to define your narrative. You must push back with your own story.” Connect with Mohammad on LinkedIn.
A City Stars Lacrosse player in New York, Harlem raised Nasir York is a sophomore at The Gunnery School in Washington, CT, having previously attended the Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, CT. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was learning how modern video games are created. Nasir looks forward to developing his own skills further in animation and video game design. Connect with Nasir on LinkedIn.
An Introductory Computer Science teacher at Fordham Road School, Bronx born Paul Dolmo attends the St. Raymond High School for Boys. He is also a Microsoft TEALS commercial participant. Paul’s favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was playing Hangman. He found it exciting because he learned a lot about pseudo coding in the process. Connect with Paul on LinkedIn.
A participant in the Department of Youth and Community Development’s Ladders for Leaders internship program, Bronx born Samuel Jurcic attends The Church Farm School in Exton, Pennsylvania. While his school has never offered computer science classes, he is grateful that All Star Code fills in the gaps for people like him who don’t have a CS background. His favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive was hearing Antuan Santana from Microsoft speak. Antuan’s presentation really opened Samuel’s eyes to how much technology can change the world. Connect with Samuel on LinkedIn.
With a business and design internship at Indego Africa, Norwalk, Connecticut native Sebastian Galvan is currently a senior at Proctor Academy in New Hampshire. Sebastian was also one of seven AT&T Scholars in the 2015 ASC Summer Intensive. His favorite part of the Summer Intensive was organizing the final projects, which forced him to get to know everyone. Before the program started, Sebastian knew very few people in tech. But throughout the Summer Intensive, Sebastian was able to work with and get to know new people every day. Connect with Sebastian on LinkedIn.