We are an international, multicultural, diverse group of students bound together by a sense of duty to give back, a drive to succeed, and a vision to make the world a better place. Though we come from different countries, we use this to our advantage, relying on each other's perspectives instead of letting them come between us. We represent a wide variety of skills and interests and value each other's abilities. We do this because we know that it is only through cooperation between individuals, nations, and cultures that our world will thrive. We strive to embody this cooperation and put it to use solving problems that face our global community.
We are four students who were brought together from all over the world by our school. It was Valentina, our ambitious leader, who assembled our team. Valentina is from China and saw this challenge as a way to apply her research skills for the good of the world. She came to Marlette, the American known for her problem solving and organizational skills, next. Together, they enlisted the help of Hoang, their Vietnamese neighbor in the dorm, who is the International Math Olympiad silver medalist for 2015. And finally we sought out Sohit from India, co-founder of a start-up, to complement their skill set. But this is not all we bring to the table. Between us, we can debate, pirouette, code, write poetry, engineer, play violin, skate-dance, cook, finish homework early, market, say the alphabet backward, persuade, do amazing makeup, and survive on little sleep. The most important skills we share are our ability to work hard and our ability to solve problems. We care about so many things, coming from so many places. Hoang cares about scientific research, trying to get more of the community involved in discovering more about our world. Marlette experienced firsthand the effects of the Freddie Gray riots in Baltimore, and served in her community. Valentina advocated for human rights as a response to seeing human trafficking in Thailand. Sohit wants to see the world function completely on clean and sustainable energy one day. We all care about our world and know that it will only change if we make it. Our school introduced us to the problem of world hunger, and it hit each of us in a different way. But nevertheless, it hit us, and we want to explore our options, hoping that maybe between us and the thousands of activists and researchers in the world working on this problem, we can find a solution and make a difference.