Youth Leadership Summit

Leading the Way:

2015 Youth Leadership Summit for Math & Science

Student Co-Chairs

Haleema Abbasi
As a junior at Beckman High, Haleema is passionately involved with The Science CAN! Initiative, a program she started as a freshman.  Through Science CAN! Initiative, she works with school, district and county science fairs and sets up relationships with food banks, allowing the fairs to serve as a canned food drives -- last year, her efforts led to the collection of over 2500 pounds of food.   Haleema has interned for the University of Texas Pan Am Health Outreach Program, where she supported activities geared towards exposing at-risk and economically challenged students to professions in health-related fields. She is a Donate Life California Ambassador, and has also worked with Be the Match, an organization that is dedicated to finding bone-marrow matches for leukemia patients. These days, Haleema is busy with an internship with the Nordstrom Fashion Board and her position as the president of She's the First, a non-profit focused on girl's education in third world countries. Haleema is exploring areas for future study, and hopes to learn more about economics and finance.

Anna Lou
As a junior at Oxford Academy, Anna Lou has a great passion for math and science. Using her strong computer programming skills, she has been conducting Science Fair research projects for the past 6 years and has won numerous awards at the school, county, state, and national levels. Her awards include the Junior Sweepstakes at OCSEF (2 years), first place in the Senior Division at OCSEF, first place in Math and Software at the CA State Science Fair (2 years), 2015 Emerging Student Innovator of the Year in Project Tomorrow’s Innovation in Education Awards, one of 30 Broadcom MASTERS national finalists, and a minor planet named after her by the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. She has also achieved qualification for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) and for the USA Chemistry Olympiad. Hoping to spread her own passion for math and science, Anna currently serves as the President of Orange County Coder, VP of Technology of OC Math Circle, Co-President of National Honor Society at Oxford, and key member of the web teams for Math for Service, OCSEF, and Orange County Math Council. Anna loves reading, writing, playing musical instruments, and tutoring younger students in math, science, and computer programming.

Sean Weiss
As a freshman at Edison High School, Sean Weiss is a scholar and athlete, playing for the high school lacrosse team and a club soccer team while at the same time passionately involved in academic clubs like the Science Olympiad and the Aqualife Club.  Sean’s passion for STEM started when he developed his middle school science project — a methane digester that harvested methane gases for energy. His achievement gained him invitations to present at the International Teacher Scientist Partnership Conference and the American Geophysical Union.  His work with 3D designs and robotics moved him into a first place finish in the Orange County Maker Challenge with his team entry — a robotic hand for underwater ROVs for marine debris retrieval.  Sean’s future goal is to work as a pediatric cardiac surgeon while developing an artificial heart valve that would grow and adapt as the child ages. When Sean is not busy with academics or sports, he has volunteered his time planning blood drives, refereeing youth soccer games, raising money for pediatric cancer treatment or tinkering in his backyard science lab.