Kaili Chen is a junior at University High School in Irvine. He plays soccer (club for 8 years and high school for 3), has been on Student Council every year since freshman year, delivers meals through Irvine's Meals on Wheels program, and volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank. When he's not studying or volunteering with Open Sesame, Kaili enjoys hanging out with friends to play soccer or video games.
Jessica Shaw began volunteering with Code Open Sesame in 2016. A sophomore at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, she enjoys playing violin, reading, and helping people. She also runs track and field, plays in her school orchestra, and works as a swim coach. She is a board member for the Eagles for CHOC club, a member of her school’s Red Cross Club, and an Ambassador for Santa Margarita.
Ethan Jackson is a 14-year old freshman at Mater Dei High School. He plays water polo and is a certified scuba diver. He has worked at Special Olympics, helping special-needs children play competitive soccer. He has packed food for homeless and lower-income families. Through volunteering with Code Open Sesame, Ethan discovered a love for teaching computer skills to underprivileged children. He comments, "It's a great opportunity to meet these kids and teach them coding skills, which can help change their lives. It also makes me appreciate what I have."
Monserrat Palabrica is a fourth year student at UC Irvine, majoring in Computer Science. Originally from the Bay Area, she loves watching movies, going to concerts, and attending hackathons!
Evelyn Wu is a senior at Woodbridge High School, where she serves as treasurer of the Girls Who Code club, and the Mu Captain for Mu Alpha Theta club. Last year she was a programmer for STEAMpunks BRAVO, her school's robotics team. Evelyn is our awesome Social Media Chair!
Aryan Mather is a junior at Woodbridge High School. He has competed nationally and internationally as part of his school's robotics team. In addition to volunteering at the Lakeview Senior Center in the Technology Tutoring Program, Aryan always look forward to teaching programming at Code Open Sesame, so that he can engage with the community and use his skills to make it a better place!
Chirag Singh is a junior at Troy High School. He has been coding since 6th grade and is excited to share this skill with others. He also enjoys debating for the Troy Speech and Debate Club, as well as volunteering to teach debate and judge middle school debate competitions. His other favorite activity is soccer, whether playing for his school and club teams, watching La Liga or playing FIFA.
Emily McPhie was Orange County Graphic Design Artist of the Year in 2018, and now studies Communication Design and Computer Science at WashU. Passionate about making computer science available to children, she founded Code Irvine in 2015. Emily is a Disneyland Dreamer and Doer, and a Prudential Spirit of Community and Presidential Volunteer Service award recipient.