‘Hackademia’ Aims for Young Tech Devotees

Photo courtesy Hackademia La Cañada High School students Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam and Kamyar Salahi have spent a year bringing to life Hackademia, the first high school hackathon in Southern California. The free event takes place July 28 at UCLA.
Photo courtesy Hackademia
La Cañada High School students Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam and Kamyar Salahi have spent a year bringing to life Hackademia, the first high school hackathon in Southern California. The free event takes place July 28 at UCLA.

Kamyar Salahi, a rising senior at La Cañada High School, wished he could enter a hackathon for people his age in L.A.

The problem was that nothing of the kind existed in Southern California. Not yet.

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LCHS Student Uses Elusive Starry Sky to Shine

Photo courtesy Justin Hyon
“Searching Upward,” by Justin Hyon, won the California County Educational Technology Consortium’s California Streaming photo contest.

Justin Hyon trekked out to Death Valley to get away from people and turn his camera’s focus to nature, hoping “to escape my comfort zone in city life and see what the unexplored world was like.”
The La Cañada High School sophomore was, at least initially, disappointed. The place was packed with tourists. Determined to distance himself from the crowds, Hyon made his way out at sunset. He explained what happened next in a short essay that accompanied his winning photograph — “Searching Upward” — in the California County Educational Technology Consortium’s California Streaming photo contest.
“I walked out to Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, to take sunset pictures,” he wrote. “However, I had not anticipated how fast the sun would set, and my dad and I were soon lost in completely moonless darkness with only one flashlight, miles into the featureless black basin.
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