E-Young Excellence

We have put together a e-magazine to recognize, inspire and acknowledge efforts of young achievers.It not only has brought together all international winners and participants of competition.  We have contacted all those that conduct competitions for school and college to send the results.  We have categorized the results and information by areas of interest.

We encourage the institutions/organizers to not only send us the results but also file pictures, certificates that students can pick up those that are relevant to them.

Please feel free to contribute articles, pictures, interviews of great young achievers as this has the widest circulation.

Technology: Santiago Gonzalez

Achievement summary: According to some, Santiago Gonzalez might just be the next Steve Jobs. Santiago, fluent in a dozen different programming languages, already has 15 iOS apps for iPhone and iPad to his name, and dreams of one day of working at Apple. At age 12, while in the sixth grade, Santiago became a full-time college student. As a junior at the Colorado School of Mines, he is expecting to earn his bachelor’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering by age 16 and his master’s by 17. Santiago rises very early every morning and programs for an hour or so before heading off to his classes. Santiago’s parents recognized his extraordinary abilities in elementary school when he became depressed over the lack of mental challenge and how people perceived his uniqueness. Luckily, they developed a course of study to nurture his gifts. Now he’ i quite proud of the label “computer nerd.” Editor: Inbasekaran.P

Cancer Research: Shree Bose

Watching her grandfather struggle with liver cancer, Shree set about trying to come up with solutions. She reached out to multiple research facilities and hospitals, requesting to perform research. Initially, doctors continually turned her down because of her age and lack of scientific experience. That is, until she contacted the North Texas Science Health Centre. They valued her determination and decided to mentor her. And she produced outstanding results. Shree Bose created a drug which may help cure cancer; she’s already rubbing elbows with the “movers and shakers” — people like President Obama. The president has publicly recognized her achievements in cancer research and has spoken with her privately in the Oval Office. She performed important research on the cancer drug, Cisplatin. This outstanding achievement won her first prize at the 2011 Google Science Fair, and gave here the opportunity to present a TED Talk about her work. Shree has also been recognized as one of Glamour magazine’s “Young Amazing Women of the Year.” “My journey wasn’t just about the research, it was about finding my passion, and it was about making my own opportunities” - Shree Bose Editor: Aaqifah Hilmi S

Field: Cancer Research, Medical Research, Invention, Jack Thomas Andraka

Age: 15 years When his uncle died of pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer, Jack designed a sensor that searches for a chemical in blood to help doctors easily and quickly detect the disease. Initially, the teen couldn’t find anyone to help him: Close to 200 scientists rejected his request for lab space until he convinced a researcher at Johns Hopkins University to be his mentor. With guidance from his mentor, Jack developed a test for early-stage pancreatic cancer that is cheaper, faster, and 100 times more sensitive than previous tests. Glory was not his only reward. Jack earned a handful of awards at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, including the top prize: a modest $75,000. “Science shouldn’t be a luxury; knowledge should not be a commodity.” - Jack Thomas Andraka Editor: Aaqifah Hilmi

Field: Medical Research - Eric Delgado

Just before 11th grade at Bayonne High, Eric Delgado worked with researchers at Jersey City Medical Centre. The team studied the MRSA bug, a source of antibiotic-resistant infections, found especially in hospitals. Fighting antibiotic-resistant germs means finding a way to offset the various tricks bacteria deploy to foil antibiotics. Some bacteria reject antibiotics through “pumps” embedded in their cellular membranes. Eric pondered: Could those pumps somehow be disabled? Instead of working with dangerous pathogenic bacteria, Delgado focused on the common E. coli. One of Eric’s teachers helped Eric contact researchers for supplies and advice. Researchers were generous: One suggested lab techniques to avoid hazardous chemicals; another offered a plant compound known to disable pumps in other bacteria. Over two years, Eric worked diligently on the project. The effort paid off. In 2008, Eric won fifth place at the Intel Science Talent Search. “I’ve always had a natural curiosity for how and why things work,” - Eric Delgado Editor: Aaqifah Hilmi

Field: Medical Research

Age: 17 years Shivani Sud had submitted a bioinformatics and genomics project to the Intel Science Talent Search that focused on identifying stage II colon cancer patients at high risk for recurrence and the best therapeutic agents for treating their tumors. Sud's 50-gene model for predicting the recurrence of colon cancer instead uses gene expression profiles to link multiple genetic events that characterise various tumor types. She created her model using two public data sets containing 125 patient samples and coupled it with clinical data to plot statistically significant survival curves. She then used her model to identify drugs that may be effective in treating stage II colon cancer. Shivani Sud beat out 1,600 others nationwide to win a $100,000 scholarship. Editor: Aaqifah Hilmi

Field: Medical Research: Brittany Wenger

Brittany Wenger, 17, from Sarasota, Florida, spent more than 600 hours coding a sophisticated computer program to help doctors detect breast cancer using a less invasive form of biopsy. She created an artificial neural network, which is a type of program that learns based on its experiences and mistakes, so it classifies problems that are far too complex for humans to classify. Then I fed information into the neural network from a database of fine needle aspirates, the least invasive form of biopsy. She won the Google Science Fair for her spectacular invention. Not just this, she even appeared as finalist in the Intel Science Fair. All her successes have boosted up her career. Editor: Aaqifah Hilmi

Cancer Research

Elana Simon was diagnosed with fibro lamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer, when she was twelve years old. Instead of letting it get her down, at the age of fifteen she worked with her surgeon and a friend to appeal for tumour samples from other patients, and performed a study on the genetics of this cancer. Elana, her father and her surgeon worked in Rockefeller University and with the New York Genome Centre. They sequenced the genomes of the tumour samples, compared them to normal cells and other kinds of cancer, and found a mutation in the fibro lamellar samples. the end of one gene joined the back of the next, creating a protein called a chimera. Further research needs to be done, but Elana co-authored a paper in the prestigious journal Science on her work. She spoke to President Obama about her research at the 2014 White House Science Fair, received the Junior Champion Cancer Research Award Editor- Tejas M Nayak

Cancer Research- Elizabeth Zhao

A multi-step system was created for early diagnosis of melanoma cancers. Image processing algorithms were used to extract the standard ABCD (Asymmetry, Border, Colour, and Diameter) features of a skin mole. The extracted ABCD features were analysed statistically to understand the impact of each characteristic. The features were then further tested in a machine learning algorithm known as Artificial Neural Networks for a comprehensive diagnosis. These combined steps provided about 80% accuracy and can successfully function as preliminary cancer diagnosis. Editor- Tejas M Nayak


A 17-year-old Indian-origin teenager has won accolades for an inexpensive robotic arm he created for his school science fair project in California state of the US.Nilay, a student of Irvine Public School in California, spent over four months building and programming the robotic arm to replicate the movements of a human hand. ”First I was confused about what direction I would go to, but I knew I wanted to do something in prosthetics. One issue I saw is that there were no lower-cost options,” Nilay was quoted as saying. The robotic arm operates by voice command. By speaking into a small microphone attached to the arm, the user can make the hand perform specific movements such as “pinch” and “grab”. Nilay won third place in the biomedical and health sciences category at the Intel fair. He said he plans to develop the arm further and enter more science fairs. Editor- Basava Prabhu

Robotics- Dimitris

15-year-old Dimitris’s feat was a part of ‘InMoov’, an open source project run by French sculptor and designer Gael Langevin. The project provides a design that is “replicable on any home 3D printer with a 12x12x12cm area.” Using these instructions, Dimitris spent over 1,400 hours planning, experimenting, printing, and assembling the robot. Over the course of a year, he made 475 printed parts using about a kilometer of ABS plastic and painstakingly put them together to form the android that he now calls ‘Troopy’. Dimitris is the youngest of only six people in the world who have been able to follow Langevin’s design and successfully complete the project. The other successful participants include Langevin himself, two Russians, an Italian, and a German. Dimitris revealed that he was regularly in touch with the others and worked with them as peers, even though they were much older to him. Editor- Basava Prabhu

Technology-Angad Daryani

Teenager Angad Daryani from Mumbai used open-source hardware to come up with a virtual e-reader for the blind, a boat that runs on solar power, an automated gardening system called Garduino and also India's cheapest 3D printer called Sharkbot. He started his own kit company knowing that kids in India cannot afford expensive DIY kits. Oh yeah, he also dropped out of school.Editor-Aditya

Technology- EvanTubeHD

The face of the highly successful YouTube channel, Evan has been reviewing toys and building Lego sets online since he was 5, and it's a staggeringly big business. This pint-sized entrepreneur has three channels on the video platform and more than 2.8 million subscribers. He has amassed more than 1.9 billion views on the platform and is estimated to make $1.3 million a year. Editor- Aditya

Puzzle Solving- Mohamed Altoumaimi

A 16-year-old Iraqi immigrant living in central Sweden, Mohamed Altoumaimi, figured out a formula that has challenged great mathematical minds for 300 hundred years, the so called Bernoulli numbers problem. The immigrant who arrived in Sweden in 2003 during the Iraq War, Mohamed Altoumami, is now earning praise from professors at the prestigious Uppsala University when teachers of Mohamed Altoumaimi were at first sceptical. The High School student said his teachers in Falun, Sweden, were not convinced at the whiz kids work at first. Toying over his trusty notebook for four months, Mohamed Altoumaimi had found a formula to explain and simplify a sequence of calculations named after the 17th century Swiss mathematician Jacob Bernoulli. However Mohamed Altourmaimi's teachers were not convinced. But undeterred by the doubts of his teachers, Altoumaimi decided to contact professors at Uppsala University in hopes they would validate his work. After verifying the calculations, Uppsala University senior maths lecturer Lars-Åke Lindahl later contacted Mohamed Altoumaimi's teachers to tell them what a gifted student he was. Now Altoumaimi's high school plans to take advantage of the teenager's skills with numbers next autumn by having him serve as an instructor for several math teachers in Falun. Editor- Satvik R Kashyap

Science- Michigan

Tucked away in Oakland Township, Michigan, 17-year-old Thiago Olson had been exhausting his love of physics in a rather unusual way: by creating a nuclear reactor in his basement.Nicknamed the ‘mad scientist’ by his friends, Thiago spent two years and thousands of hours researching and constructing his device. The machine uses a 40,000 volt charge and deuterium gas to create a small nuclear reaction, which, Thiago says, looks like “a small intense ball of energy.” Editor- Satvik R Kashyap

Technology: Shravan Kumaran and Sanjay Kumaran

Two brothers from Chennai studying in 8th and 6th standard respectively are now India’s youngest CEOs. They have started a company ‘Go Dimensions’ with the aim to develop Mobile Application for new world to make life easier. Identified as youngest Mobile Application Programmers in India and one of the youngest in the World, the duo has been making apps for both Android and iOS applications. Till now they have developed over 11 applications and also released a couple of Windows apps that have witnessed over 10,000 downloads across the world already. Editor: Bhavid A


Achievement summary: Martin Odegaard is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid Castilla and the Norway national team. He made his debut for Strømsgodset Toppfotball on 13 April 2014, becoming the youngest player to feature in Tippeligaen, and became its youngest goal scorer on 16 May. He is currently playing for their reserve team, Real Madrid Castilla. On 23 May 2015, he became the youngest player to represent Real Madrid. Ødegaard made his international debut against the United Arab Emirates on 27 August 2014, becoming the youngest debutant for the senior team at the age of 15 years and 253 days. On 13 October 2014, he became the youngest player to feature in a qualifying match for the UEFA European Championship. Individual: Tippeligaen Young Player of the Year: 2014 Idrettsgallaen Breakthrough of the Year: 2014 Number of goals scored: 7 Editor: Badri A

Skating - Tyson

Tyson is a 19-year-old skater with a laid-back style who attacks big drops and stairs with ease. He loves to skate ledges and stairs and used that ability to win the X Games SKB Street Ams in Austin 2014. Tyson began skateboarding in 2002 at the age of seven after finding a skateboard in his mom's friend's garage. He released his first video part in Darkstar's "Forward Slash" in 2012. Tyson won X Games SKB Street Ams in Austin 2014. Editor: Aashish

Chess-Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan (born 27 February 1994, Xinghua, Jiangsu, China) is a Chinese chess grandmaster and former chess prodigy. She is the current Women's World Chess Champion, the youngest ever to win the title, as well as the youngest female player ever to qualify for the title of Grandmaster. At the age of 12, Hou became the youngest player ever to participate in the FIDE Women's World Championship (Yekaterinburg 2006) and the Chess Olympiad (Torino 2006).In June 2007, she became China's youngest National Women's Champion ever. She achieved the titles of Woman FIDE Master in January 2004, Woman Grandmaster in January 2007, and Grandmaster in August 2008. In 2010, she became the youngest Women's World Chess Champion in history by winning the 2010 Women's World Championship in Hatay, Turkey at age 16. In the Women's World Chess Championship 2012 she was eliminated early, but she regained the title in 2013, defeating Anna Ushenina. She then lost the world title by not playing in the 2015 Championship for scheduling reasons. Hou then defeated former world champion Mariya Muzychuk in the 2016 World Championship match to regain the title. Hou is the third woman ever to be rated among the world's top 100 players, after Judit Polgár and Maia Chiburdanidze, in the August 2014 FIDE rating list. She is widely regarded as the best active female chess player, "leaps and bounds" ahead of her competitors.She is ranked as the No. 1 female player. Editor- Shashank

Chess- Yi Wei

Wei Yi (born 2 June 1999) is a Chinese chess grandmaster and chess prodigy. Wei became a grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 8 months and 23 days, the fourth youngest in history. He is the youngest player ever to reach a rating of 2700. In January, he won the Challenger Group at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament with a score of 10½/13 (+8-0=5) and a rating performance of 2804, ahead of David Navara and without any defeat.[18] By doing so, he qualified for the Masters section in 2016. In February, he competed in the Gibraltar Masters tournament and finished in a share of 3rd–11th.This boosted Wei's rating to 2706 in the March rating list, making Wei Yi the youngest player ever to cross the 2700 mark. The record had previously been held by Magnus Carlsen. In April, Wei took part in the World Team Chess Championship, which was won by the Chinese team.Wei scored 7/9 (+5=4-0) and won the gold medal on board 4. In May, Wei won the Chinese Championship, beating Ding Liren, Wang Hao and Yu Yangyi to the title and in the process becoming the youngest Chinese chess champion ever. In June, he won his second consecutive Magistral de León rapid tournament, defeating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final. Editor- Shashank

ATHLETICS [discus thrower]: Navjeet Kaur Dhillon

In a major boost to Indian athletics, rising star Navjeet Kaur Dhillon clinched the bronze medal in the women’s discus throw at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championship late on Friday night at Eugene, USA. Rising to the occasion, the 19-year-old Dhillon produced a stunning performance, throwing the discus to a scintillating 56.36 metres in Hayward Field after opening her series with a personal best of 54.08 metres. Dhillon is only the second Indian athlete after Commonwealth Games medalist Seema Antil (Punia) to win a medal in the IAAF World Junior Championships. Antil’s bronze medal had also come in discus — an iconic event now for Indian women athletes — at the 2002 edition in Kingston, Jamaica. The big stage didn’t unnerve Dhillon, who improved her personal best by almost two and-a-half metres at the Championship. Dhillon’s previous best was 53.97m which was achieved at the Junior Federation Cup at Chennai in May. An elated Navjeet Kaur Dhillon said, “This is a dream come true. I’m thankful to my coaches and the AFI President Mr. Adille J Sumariwalla for supporting me throughout. I hope to achieve greater heights for the country in the future.” Editor: Yashas Shekar

Swimming: Katie Ledecky

Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky (born March 17, 1997) is an American competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and nine-time world champion. She is the current world record-holder in the 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter freestyle (long course). She also holds the fastest-ever times in the 500-, 1000-, and 1,650-yard freestyle events. In her international debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics as a 15-year-old, Ledecky unexpectedly won gold in the 800-meter freestyle in what was the second-fastest performance ever. In total, she has won fifteen medals in major international competitions, all of them gold, spanning the Summer Olympics, the World Championships, and the Pan Pacific Championships. During her career, she has broken eleven world records. Editor: Rishika Manavi

Cricket: Muhammad Ali Mirza

Dubai’s 13-year-old Mohammed Ali Mirza proves cricket credentials in UAE's A Division. He is a Budding Abu Dhabi cricketer and is model student of patience. Mohammed Ali Mirza practices at the Young Talents Cricket Academy (YTCA). The young all-rounder may have only recently entered his teenagers, but he has been a regular in men's cricket for some time now. Mirza, who was born in Sialkot in Pakistan and was four years old when his family moved to Dubai, aspires to represent the country of his birth at cricket.It is a far from outlandish dream, according to Shahzad Altaf, the former UAE national team bowler who is his coach at YTCA." Altaf, whose academy has been a mine for UAE national team players over the years, had no aversion to encouraging Mirza to play senior A Division cricket last year when he was only 12."He is strong for his age and very brave," the coach said. "Ali is so talented." He has an inexhaustible appetite for the game. And he will not be nervous facing bowlers far older than he is. Mirza has a top score of 80 and best bowling figures of four for five with his off-breaks. Editor: Kathir Vithuran

Music: Lorde

Ella Marija Lani Yelich- better known by her stage name Lorde is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Born in Takapuna and raised in Devonport, Auckland, she became interested in performing as a child. In her early teens, she signed with Universal Music Group and was later paired with the songwriter and record producer Joel Little, who has co-written and produced most of Lorde's works. Her first major release, The Love Club EP, was commercially released in March 2013. The EP reached number two on the national record charts of New Zealand and Australia. Editor: Jovanna Mathew

Music: Sunidhi Chauhan

Sunidhi Chauhan ( born 14 August 1983) is an Indian playback singer. Born in Delhi, she began performing in local gatherings at the age of four and made her career debut at the age of 13, with the film Shastra (1996). During the year, she won the first singing reality show titled Meri Awaz Suno. She rose to prominence after recording "Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi" from Mast (1999), ultimately winning the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent and was nominated for the Best Female Playback Singer. Editor: Aarthishree

Music: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Rahat was chosen by his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for tutoring in the traditions of Qawwali music and was singing with his uncle and father by the age of three. At the age of seven he began formal training with his uncle and he performed first time in public at the age of nine at the death anniversary of his grandfather. From age fifteen, he was made an integral part of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's well-known qawwali group. He toured the UK with his uncle in 1985, and performed solo songs in addition to singing with the Qawwali group. At a concert in Birmingham on 27 July 1985, he performed the solo ghazal, Mukh Tera Sohneya Sharab Nalon Changa Ae. At a concert at the Harrow Leisure Centre in 1985, he performed the solo song, Gin Gin Taare Lang Gaiyaan Rattaan. He sang Bollywood playback in the 90s and debuted as a playback singer in Bollywood with the movie Paap (2004), featuring the hit song, Mann Ki Lagan. His recent works include Pakistani nationalistic songs such as Dharti Dharti and Hum Pakistan, and songs from Bollywood films. He has performed in Pakistan, India, United Kingdom and other countries. In April 2012 Rahat toured in the UK, performing at Wembley Arena and the Manchester Arena, playing to a combined audience of over 20,000 people. Editor: Aarthishree

Bollywood Music: Shaan

Shantanu Mukherjee, known as Shaan, is an Indian playback singer more active in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Urdu, Telugu and Kannada films and a television host. As a child, Shaan began his career singing jingles for advertisements. After giving it up for a brief period he returned and, along with jingles, began to sing remixes and cover versions. In the 1989 movie Parinda, aged only 17, Shaan sang a single line in the song, "Kitni Hai Pyari Pyari Dosti Hamari". Shaan and his sister's career began when they signed up with Magnasound recording company and recorded a few successful albums, including the hit album Naujawan followed by Q – Funk, which sold a million copies. He entered the pop scene with sister Sagarika, singing Biddu’s melodies and doing re-mixes.

Media: Ryan Higa (NigaHiga)

Ryan is a 26 year old American YouTuber and actor. He is known for his YouTube comedy videos, which have been viewed over 2.7 billion times. As of June 2016, Higa's YouTube channel, Nigahiga, has over 17, 385, 442 million subscribers. He was 16 years when he started posting youtube videos. The nigahiga YouTube channel was created on July 20, 2006 by Higa, Fujiyoshi, Enos, and Nago (known collectively as "The Yabo Crew"). By December 21, 2010, it had reached 3 million subscribers, the first channel to do so.Editor: Krithika Senthil

Media: Zev Hoover

Zev, a 14 year old photographer has taken the internet by storm with his creative and dreamlike images that make normal-sized people appear tiny. Zev Hoover, from Natick, Massachusetts has created a play on 'little folk', which adequately describes the incredible images that make up his 'miniature world'. In his fantastical photos in which people are digitally shrunken, acorns make excellent seats, Popsicle sticks are the ideal size for building rafts, and paper airplanes are viable modes of transport. Zev started taking pictures as an 8-year-old with an old cell phone camera, before moving up the ranks and getting professional cameras. About Zev Hoover and his photography (ctrl+click on the link given below): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEAPzmeFHQU Editor: Roshni Jain

Artist: Dancer: Anuradha Vikranth

Anuradha Vikranth, is an ‘A’ graded artist of Indian Doordarshan. She holds the Masters Degree in Bharatanatyam from the Sastra University, Tamil Nadu. She is a recipient of "FLO Woman of the Future Award” by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry-Ladies Organization (FICCI – Flo). “Yuva Kalasreshta” award from BCKA, “National Vocational Excellence Award” in Bharatanatyam by International Institute of social reforms, New Delhi, ‘Swar Kala Gaurav’ from Saraswati Sangeetha Kalakendra, “Naatya Veda” by Nataraja Music and Dance Academy, Outstanding contribution to the field of Dance awarded by the “Vasundara Centre of Performing Arts”, Mysore to name a few. She is currently, the secretary of World Dance Alliance –Karnataka Chapter. Going beyond the usual performance-bound lives of most dancers, she also is the co-founder and creative director of ‘Drishti’, an exclusive quarterly magazine on dance and music. She has choreographed number of dance productions and presented through her dance institute “Drishti Art Centre”. She has acted in several Kannada serials. Anuradha, with the support and encouragement of her husband T. M. Vikranth (Managing Editor - Drishti), manages Drishti Art Foundation, an organisation incessantly working for promotion and propagation of classical arts. In its 12th edition, ‘Drishti National Dance Festival’ organised by them, has become one of the most admired and popular annual events in India. Editor: Anagha Jain

Bravery- Rakeshbhai Shanabhai Patel

This 13-year- old received the Bapu Gaidhani Award for saving a boy who accidentally fell into a well. Editor- Sakshi D Pune

Bravery-Late Shivansh Singh

Shivansh Singh, a 14-year- old medal-winning swimmer from Faizabad, was posthumously honoured with the prestigious Bharat Award. He lost his life while trying to save his friend from drowning in the Saryu River. Editor- Sakshi D Pune