Seminole High School, Sanford, FL
My first major national competition was Mathcounts in middle school. Perhaps the most gratifying moment was hearing my name called from the top-ten list at the national Mathcounts competition. While I have since competed in numerous math competitions at the national, state and regional levels, physics has always had my interest.
In 9th grade I learned quantum mechanics and the basic concepts of quantum computing. Having immersed myself in the study of quantum computing and quantum information theory, in the 10th and 11th grades, I developed a Von Neumann-type architecture for programmable quantum computing and greatly increased the set of quantum search algorithms. In my endeavor, I was fortunate to benefit from the expertise of Professor Dan Marinescu of the Computer Science department at University of Central Florida.
I further expanded my knowledge and understanding of quantum information theory while attending the Research Science Institute at MIT at the end of 11th grade.