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Spotlight On ASC Alums: Volume 2

AnthonyMeet Anthony Box. Anthony is an ASC 1 alum, currently in Beijing on a year-long School Year Abroad program. Anthony has loved living in Beijing and learning Chinese, and hopes to one day return for an internship or job with a tech company in China.

Anthony was featured on CNN last Fall in a segment titled, “US-China Relations: Can Teens Success Where Presidents Have Failed?

Anthony hopes to attend a leadership camp this Summer, and is looking forward to studying abroad in a Spanish speaking country so he can brush up on his Spanish next. He’ll be returning to All Star Code this Summer as well, spending some time with our second Summer Intensive class as a newly minted mentor.

Anthony Box
Age 16
Rising Senior
Wakefield HS, Beijing Normal University HS #2

Q. What was your experience with coding and tech prior to participating in All Star Code’s workshops and Summer Intensive?

A. I took a basic computer science class in high school. I also watched some coding videos on Youtube and tried to teach myself to code.

Q. Looking back, what was the most valuable thing you learned at the ASC Summer Intensive?

A. I learned how to code as a member of a team, which is valuable in hackathons, but will be even more valuable in my future jobs.

Q. How did ASC help you find or create your current opportunities?

A. ASC taught me a lot about coding. I also met so many amazing and successful people who taught me about taking chances. The most important thing is just to start.

Spotlight On ASC Alums: Volume 1

DevonDevon Howell
Age 16
Rising Senior
Bronx High School of Science, Columbia University Class Of 2019

​ASC. Looking back, what was the most valuable thing you learned at the
ASC Summer Intensive?

​DH​. I learned that failure IS an option, so long as it is a springboard for success. I am defined by failures only in the sense that they have added experience to my life.

​ASC​. What tech related activities are you up to now?

​DH​. I am involved in an organization called The Young Hackers. My job is to organize mentors and workshops during our hackathons. I make sure that everyone who needs help gets it.

​ASC​. What piece of advice would you give to the next cohort of All
Stars?

​DH​. Always challenge yourself. If you’re not struggling, you’re likely not learning. Taking on challenges give you valuable experience and an indescribable sense of accomplishment.


EricEric Razor
Age 16
Rising Junior
Academy for Software Engineering

​ASC​. What was your favorite part of the ASC Summer Intensive?

​ER​. My favorite part of The ASC Summer Intensive was networking. I got to meet so many incredible people like Michael Lisovetsky and Jason Marmon, who have a real estate startup called Skylight (Check it out!) I also loved team building every Wednesday with my fellow All Stars. I got to know so many different lives. ASC truly changed mine.

​ASC​. Looking back, what was the most valuable thing you learned at the
ASC Summer Intensive?

​ER​. The most valuable thing I learned at The ASC Summer Intensive was to ask. Along with coding, learning to ask is the most powerful tool you have. One of our speakers, Avi Flombaum of The Flatiron School, was really good at emphasizing the need to struggle. Struggle leads to asking good questions. You never know until you ask.

​ASC​. How did ASC help you find or create your current opportunities?

​ER​. I would have never been able to do what I can do now without ASC. I am a lot more curious. I ask a lot more questions. I want to know why things work the way they work. I tackle problems more slowly. I ask for help. I refuse to give up.


AustinAustin Carvey
Age 16
Rising Junior
High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at City College

​ASC​. What was your experience with coding and tech prior to participating in All Star Code’s workshops and Summer Intensive?

A​C​. Before All Star Code, I completed one Javascript course. The course gave me a high level understanding of many coding concepts, but no real experience with how to implement them, and no real hacking philosophy either.

​ASC​. What tech related activities are you up to now?

A​C​. I co-founded a collective called The Young Hackers with my fellow All Star, Mamadou. We plan hackathons for other high schoolers. Since our inception, we have had four very successful hackathons and over 400 happy hackers in attendance. Most of our fellow All Stars have been involved one way or another as well. I’m also taking AP Computer Science at my school, but it’s been a breeze for me. So I enjoy helping my classmates with their assignments so they too can learn the joy of hacking.

​ASC​. How did ASC help you find or create your current opportunities?

A​C​. All Star Code introduced me to hackathons, and gave me the drive and the team to start The Young Hackers. The algorithmic thinking I developed at the Summer Intensive made my AP Computer Science curriculum really simple to understand. I can break down complex problems into simpler ones and solve those quickly, ending up with an effective solution. All Star Code ignited a fire in me, which has inspired me to create projects outside of school, and keep that joy alive.