USACO Awards List

Congratulation to inGenius students who participated and passed USA Computing Olympiad contests:

Platinum level

Elden Ren

Elden Ren is an 8th grader at Pacific Trails Middle School. He took the inGenius classes for 3D Game Design, Java 1, Java 2, and Java 3. In his free time, Elden enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with friends, and playing basketball in his backyard.

Gold level


Christine Yang

Christine Yang is a 8th grader at Muirlands Middle School and enjoys playing piano, doing math, and computer programming in Java.  She is currently in USACO’s Gold level and hopes to make Platinum in the next months.

Silver level

Steven Chen

Steven Chen is a student at Westview High School who has always had a passion for STEM. He began learning Java programming at inGenius two years ago, and has worked to develop his skills ever since. He loves the problem solving aspects of programming, and co-founded a club, the Software Development Association, at his high school to further pursue his interests in computer science. In addition, he participates in the First Robotics Competition team at his high school, where he has a primary role in software, and is the team captain of a First Tech Challenge team called Inspiration. Besides STEM, Steven also has a passion for swimming, and is on his high school’s JV swim team. In the previous December, he competed in the USA Computing Olympiad and achieved Silver.

Peter Gao is a 8th grader.

Derek Liu

Derek Liu is a seventh grader who goes to Sycamore Ridge Elementary School. He is interested in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Chess, and Computer Programming. He used to like Rubik’s cubes and has 17 different types of rubik’s cubes. He participated in the USACO December 2016 Contest. He also plans on taking the next few USACO contests in the next levels.
InGenius, which he likes a lot, has taught him a lot about computer programming, from the basics to Depth and Breadth-First Search. He is planning on going there for his third summer. The reasons why he likes InGenius are that he likes the teachers and likes the food. Also, InGenius isn’t boring. It’s not strict. It’s just perfect. Since the classes have smaller size, each student receives more individual attention.
Evan Luo is a 6th grader who goes to Solana Ranch Elementary School. He is passionate about math and programming. He took the December 2017 USACO contest and passed the Bronze division.  He will continue to study math and computer science, and his goal is to pass the USACO Silver contest soon. Evan also plays piano and tennis, and enjoys playing computer games.


Ronak Shah

Ronak Shah is a high school software developer who’s favorite languages are Swift and Python. He also dabbles in C++ (to use Open CV) and JavaScript (for websites). In his free time, Ronak can be found developing an app, creating a website, or relaxing with his favorite video game, Team Fortress 2. Ronak’s favorite projects are always published to his website at

Ethan Sun is a 8th grader at Oak Valley Middle School. He started to program in Scratch when he was eight. He is passionate about programming and game development and has been an inGenius students ever since. He enjoys traveling and playing games.
Emily Sun is a student at Del Norte High School. She loves digital arts and is passionate about promoting STEM education among young girls.

Georges Troulis

Georges Troulis became passionate about Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from a young age, building several fun projects with his Arduino microcontroller in his free time. He strives to increase his personal knowledge of those fields through enrolling in online classes such as CS50 by Harvard, academic classes like AP Computer Science, school clubs like Robotics and Cyber Security, and several other opportunities presented to him such as the USA Computing Olympiad. His goals are to not only master those fields for himself, but also to increase awareness of them and make people in his community passionate about engineering, either by teaching his skills to small audiences while providing hands-on activities and equipment, or via mentoring younger robotics teams and getting them excited to participate in their teams challenges. He has been recognized for his contributions to his robotics team as the Innovator in 2015 and the Engineer of the Year in 2016, and also as a FIRST Dean’s List Finalist in 2016 for his immense efforts to spread the word of engineering and the ideals of FIRST Robotics. He seeks to study Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in college, continuing along the path of engineering.
Honorable mentioned participants:
Alexander Jeffrey Backues was born in 2007, in Dayton, Ohio.  He moved to San Diego when he was 5.  He swims, plays chess and piano, and studies Chinese.  He enjoys reading, playing video games, and computer programming. 
Kevin Liu is a 6th grader at Salona Ranch Elementary School. A native of California, Kevin began to study programming at the age of seven as one of the “oldest” student at inGenius summer camp. He found so fascinating to take all kinds of computer and engineering classes at inGenius and that becomes the best part of his summer memory for the past two years. He also believes that he will be ready to start his career as a real software engineer in a few years:) In his spare time, Kevin enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, jogging, swimming, hiking and tennis.  
Raymond Peng is a 4th grader at Salona Ranch Elementary School. Raymond became a coding fans when he took computer class at school in the 1st grade. He has wide interest in computer science. In his spare time, he built a couple of projects using Raspberry Pi. His first programmming language was Python. He then took Java and USACO class at Ingenius where he learnt a lot of data structure and algorithm knowledge.
Besides programmming, Raymond also enjoy readding, playing Minecraft,  basketball and tennis.
Tyler Xiao, 10, is a 6th grader at Oak Valley Middle School. He has been learning Java with Dr. Sun over two years. He is currently enrolled in the Computer Olympiad and is willing to take the challenge. Aside from computer programming, he enjoys playing Cello and loves to engage in Lego Robotics. He is also a cheerful boy with enthusiasm in playing WaterPolo and traveling with family and friends.

Alex Xu is a 6th grade student at Ocean Air School. He entered the computer programming world through an iPad game called Hopscotch, in which he can create simple 2D games. He had showed so much interest in it that his parents decided to enroll him in a series of inGenius classes and summer camps. He loves them all. Not only did he gain knowledge about computer language and programming, he also has a lot of fun.
Other than programming, Alex also enjoys his computer games, YouTube videos, and Pokemon cards.

inGenius Class 2018

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