Alumni

Pioneer alumni form a community of teenage researchers from 49 countries around the world. It is their genuine interest in their intellectual pursuits that bonds these talented young people from different cultures together.

Pioneer Scholars in The Spotlight

All Pioneer scholars shines in their own way. The following students responded to our editor’s invitation to feature their accomplishments. We welcome all Pioneer Scholars to share their stories and pictures with the community by sending an e-mail to info@pioneeracademics.com.

Mpilo Norris

2017 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Choate Rosemary Hall, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
Comparative Inquiry Into Western Liberal Democratic Values
Attending institution:
Yale University

Mpilo Norris

Yale University

Mpilo Norris is a Pioneer Alumnus from the United States who will be attending Yale University this fall. Being both a strong leader and a scholar, Mpilo was elected to head Choate’s Student Council as the 2017/18 Student Body President. During this time, Mpilo was selected to be a Pioneer Scholar and conducted research on western liberal democratic values.

Hannah O'Toole

2017 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Monte Vista High School, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
Trophic Cascades Caused by Overfishing Analysis and Prevention
Attending institution:
Boston University

Hannah O'Toole

Boston University

Born in San Francisco, and a proud alum of Monta Vista HS and Pioneer Academics, Hannah O’Toole’s research focused heavily on what her environment had taught her Growing up by the coast, and from a neighborhood focused on environmental protection, Hannah wanted to bring her knowledge to the rest of the world. Working on overfishing complications in her paper, “Trophic Cascades Caused by Overfishing Analysis and Prevention,” Hannah explored the ripple effects caused by overfishing.

Wendy Wu

2017 Spring Pioneer Scholar

High school:
High Technology High School, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
Sustainable Urban Development
Attending institution:
Harvard University

Wendy Wu

Harvard University

Born to two architect parents, Wendy has been surrounded by a passion for design and creation her whole life, and she applied this desire to her studies at Pioneer. Focusing on Green Architecture in her research paper entitled “Sustainable Urban Development,” Wendy shares her aspiration to combine our natural and man-made worlds into a single bio-organic world.Wendy maintains a deep passion for ecology and sustainable living; this passion is what propelled her to greatness in Pioneer, and will continue to propel her in her time at Harvard.

Jiho David Yoo

2016 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Seoul International School, South Korea
Pioneer Research Paper:
The Study of Biology: How Biology Gives Rise to Sexism
Attending institution:
Cornell University

Jiho David Yoo

Cornell University

Amiel Dixon

2017 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Achievement First Brooklyn High School, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
Social Justice and Activism in African American communities
Attending institution:
Stanford University

Amiel Dixon

Stanford University

Amiel Dixon took her Pioneer experience to heart and used it to not only further her academic skills, but to give her the information she needed to become a stronger activist in the world. Her research topic was devoted to social justice and activism in African American communities. Amiel used her own deep rooted experiences in her culture and her neighborhood to fight back against the injustices in the world, and she will continue to do so at Stanford University in the fall.

Enci Liu

2016 Spring Pioneer Scholar

High school:
International Department of the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University, China
Pioneer Research Paper:
Chinese Tracking: An Unexploited Hotspot with Underlying Benefits
Attending institution:
Stanford University

Enci Liu

Stanford University

Kevin Calderon

2017 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Scholars’ Academy, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
The Relationship between the Molecular Structure of Insecticides and their Biological and Environmental Implications
Attending institution:
Stanford University

Kevin Calderon

Stanford University

While some people focus on the big picture, Kevin Calderon focuses on the small – the microscopic, to be exact. His research, titled ‘The Relationship Between the Molecular Structure of Insecticides and their Biological and Environmental Implications,’ looked at the connection between insecticides and the danger they pose to the world around us. Through his time with Pioneer, he developed a better understanding of both molecular and interpersonal interactions. Kevin, who attended Scholars Academy in New York, will be continuing his academic journey at Stanford University.

Kexin Zhao

2017 Spring Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Beijing National Day School, China
Pioneer Research Paper:
The Development of Folk Music in Modern China
Attending institution:
Brown University

Kexin Zhao

Brown University

Samantha Maguire

2016 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Carondelet High School, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
Research into Human Genetics and Precision Medicine
Attending institution:
Brown University

Samantha Maguire

Brown University

When Samantha Maguire was accepted into Pioneer, she was finally granted the opportunity she had longed for since she was nine: conducting research in the area of biology and genome studies. Samantha’s stellar Pioneer experience lead her to becoming a co-author on a paper spearheaded by the very professor she worked with in the program. This achievement made such a large impact on Samantha’s life that she is now preparing to move from Carondelet High in California to join her professor at Brown university, where they can continue their research together.

Xiangyu Zheng

2017 Spring Pioneer Scholar

High school:
International Department of the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University, China
Pioneer Research Paper:
Ethical Considerations of State Responsibility toward Refugees: Analyzing China’s Refugee Capacity from a Socio-Economic
Attending institution:
TBD

Xiangyu Zheng

Despite living in Guangzhou, China, Xiangyu always felt connected to the global community and the welfare of humanity. Drawing on personal experience and his cultural background, Xiangyu conducted his Pioneer research on China’s moral obligations towards Syrian refugees. His paper, “Ethical Considerations of State Responsibility towards Refugees: Analyzing China’s Refugee Capacity from a Socio-Economic Perspective,” dealt with the humanity factor of refugees and the cultural integrity of both the Syrian and the Chinese host communities. Xiangyu focused heavily to also draw attention to the realistic consideration that emerges from the encounter of diverse cultural communities.

Zheran He

2017 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Beijing No. 2 Middle School, China
Pioneer Research Paper:
The Brother as an Other: Redefining Otherness through Examining the Similar
Attending institution:
Stanford University

Zheran He

Stanford University

Pioneer allowed me to embark on an unexpected journey. Not only did Pioneer teach me how to conduct rigorous research, it also made me realize my power in the society, prompting me to foster people’s self perception development with my own words and endeavor.

Omar Ramos

2017 Summer Pioneer Scholar

High school:
Midlothian High School, US
Pioneer Research Paper:
Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango: Musical analysis of a Contemporary Epitome of Tango
Attending institution:
Stanford University

Omar Ramos

Stanford University

Despite living and attending school in Midlothian, Texas, Omar has always felt a connection to the music of the world. Drawing on his cultural and personal background, Omar conducted his Pioneer research into the cultural and notational musical theory behind Tango.His paper, entitled “Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango: Musical Analysis of a Contemporary Epitome of Tango,” dealt with the cultural and musical history of his favorite music style. Omar successfully expressed not only how the music style came to exist, but the social unrest and turmoil that was so intrinsic to its creation. Omar will be attending Stanford this fall.

We are proud of all Pioneer scholars because of their curiosity and endeavors. The following statistics are shown to give prospective students a sense of the caliber of scholars selected into the program and as one measure of the recognition of the work they did through Pioneer’s rigorous research program. While this helps to provide perspective, we recognize that genuine intellectual passion and dedication are measured by far more than the colleges to which students are admitted.

2018 University Acceptance Statistics

Average SAT Statistics: Evidence-Based Reading=733, Mathematics =784
Average ACT Statistics: 35
Average TOEFL Score (International Students): 113
Average IELTS Score: 8

2018 Pioneer Alum that got accepted to universities with highly selective admission rates

Admission results should not be construed as a direct outcome of any one program.  Colleges and universities use a holistic application process to evaluate all aspects of an applicant, and while experience in a particular program may distinguish a student, no single credential will determine admission results.

2017 University Acceptance Statistics

Average SAT Statistics: Evidence-Based Reading=725, Mathematics = 786
Average ACT Statistics: 34 
Average TOEFL Score (International Students): 112
Average IELTS Score: 8

2017 Pioneer Alum that got accepted to universities with highly selective admission rates

Admission results should not be construed as a direct outcome of any one program.  Colleges and universities use a holistic application process to evaluate all aspects of an applicant, and while experience in a particular program may distinguish a student, no single credential will determine admission results.