Katherine and Milan are the founding
co-directors of Open Sesame Coding for Kids.
The Orange County Register named them
Top 100 Most Influential People in 2018.
THEY ARE ‘GO INTERNATIONAL’ LOCAL HEROES,
GM STEM FOR CHANGEMAKING challenge national winners,
rotary youth service award winners,
and daily point of light winners.
Katherine McPhie is a national winner of the NCWiT Computing Award, a Prudential Spirit of Community Distinguished Finalist, and a Disneyland Luminary. In recognition of more than 100 hours of service, the OC Rescue Mission presented her with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award Gold Medal in 2018. In 2019, Katherine’s team won 2nd place at the International Space Settlement Design Competition at the Kennedy Space Station in Florida. In 2018, she was a UC Irvine summer math intern, performing and analyzing mathematical modeling of disorganized molecules. In 2017, she won “Miss Mathematician,” the top accolade awarded at CSU Fullerton’s Math Intensive Summer Session. In 2016, she won 2nd place in a regional semester-long mobile app development competition sponsored by Time Warner Cable. She is the drum major at University High School, where she also serves as president of Girls Who Code.
Since she was in middle school, Milan Narula has been dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children. In 2015, Milan began volunteering with special needs children and their siblings at Intervention Center for Early Childhood, at-risk youth at KidWorks in Santa Ana, and homeless children through School on Wheels. Milan has absolutely loved this work. She has earned many awards and accolades for her community service, and was featured in this news report about her volunteer work. A junior at University High School, Milan is a cheerleader and IMPACT mentor. Last year she was elected to both the UHS Homeroom Senate and Sophomore Class Council, and this year she serves as the Associated Student Body’s Service Commissioner. Milan represented her school at the 2019 Hugh O’Brien (HOBY) State Leadership Seminar last June. She intends to become a teacher one day so she can continue her life's passion of helping kids.