Kodjo “Happy” Adjoyi, born in Togo West Africa is a first-generation American who served in the U.S. Air Force as a Logistics Officer and a computer information systems specialist. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity at American Military University, and he speaks eight languages.
A Brooklyn native, Laila Player is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco. She is passionate about IT education, creative writing, and the English language. At 14 years of age, she published a book of poetry, and she has gone on to win several writing competitions.
Ariana Alvarez is an Ecuadorian-American pursuing a double major in computer science and international relations at New York University Shanghai. Born in Ecuador and raised in New York, Ariana is a native Spanish speaker, is proficient in Italian, and is studying French and Mandarin Chinese.
Born in El Salvador, Matias Ayala is a first-generation American who served in the United States Marine Corps Infantry and was honorably discharged in 2019. He holds a bachelor’s degree in emergency medicine and worked as a paramedic for several years. He will earn a second bachelor’s degree in information technology in spring 2021, and begin a master’s degree program in cybersecurity at Fordham University in fall 2021.
Armman Baghoomian, born and raised in Glendale, California, is a second-generation Armenian-American. He will earn his bachelor’s degree in information technology from Cal State Northridge in May of 2021 and will pursue a graduate degree in IT management from Cal State Fullerton in the fall.
Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, FL, Juan Debesa is a recent graduate from Florida International University where he completed his undergraduate studies in History and International Relations. He is pursuing a Master of Science in Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, specializing in Cybersecurity. Juan speaks Spanish, English and French.
Mahesh Gowda, born in Illinois and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a second-generation Asian American with parents who immigrated from India. He earned an associate’s degree in computer programming and database management from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. He is currently pursuing a double degree program at the University of Cincinnati, in which he will earn a bachelor’s degree in information technology and an MBA while minoring in Asian Studies.
Enoch Masih, a first-generation college student, immigrated to the United States from India when he was ten years old. Raised in the suburbs of New England, he earned his associate’s degree in computer science information technology from Northern Essex Community College in 2020. Enoch is now pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is fluent in Hindi and enjoys traveling.
Micah McCally, a Japanese American born and raised in Washington state, earned her B.S. in Computer Science from Western Washington University in 2017. She will pursue an M.S. in Information Systems Technology at George Washington University. Micah speaks English and Japanese, and her interests include cybersecurity, skiing, and horseback riding.
Carissa Nguyen, daughter of Vietnam War refugees, grew up in Virginia and completed her undergraduate studies in Washington, DC. She previously completed a graduate degree in Business Analysis and is now pursuing a second master’s degree in Technology Management with a focus on Cybersecurity at Georgetown University.
Born in Germany and raised in central Pennsylvania, Adriana Oelberg is attending Susquehanna University. She will complete a double major in Computer Science and International Business with a minor in German Studies. An executive board member of her university’s chapter of ENACTUS and a recipient of the Susquehanna University Service Leaders Scholarship, Adriana is active both on campus and in her community.
Taylor Rainey is a California native with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Howard University. She worked in the private sector as a Threat and Violence Risk Management Analyst. She will pursue her master’s degree in cybersecurity.
Spencer Sexton is pursuing a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Computer Game Design (which are also his biggest hobbies) at Dakota State University. He is fluent in French and English, and he is interested in learning about other cultures.
Kelsey Woody graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies with a concentration in Film Production from Marymount College and earned her master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University. Kelsey is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Technology Management from Columbia University.
Armanie Zamy is a second-generation Haitian American woman who grew up in a culturally diverse community in Chicago, Illinois. Interested in international cybersecurity and cyber warfare, she is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Cyber Security at Maryville University in St. Louis. Zamy is fluent in English, Korean, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.