Jackson Salumbides.

Despite the pandemic and all the program cancellations, students are still finding a way to get involved and continue learning.

Jackson Salumbides, a prospective senior at Samohi, was selected to participate in the 2020 Deloitte Team Tech Challenge, where participants received instruction and mentorship before being put in teams that sought to identify a community problem.

This year, students were challenged to use artificial intelligence and data analytics to create a proposal and present a solution company officials.

Salumbides and his team of five other students from various parts of the United States met via zoom to create a competition-winning project proposal earlier in July. All individuals on the winning team were awarded a cash prize as well as bragging rights, according to Salumbides, who recently described how his team sought to increase academic success as well as access to higher education for all students. The solution involved identifying students early who show academic promise — and who, with additional supports — would be even more successful academically.

Salumbides is concurrently enrolled at SMC as well as Samohi, according to his family. The young scholar hopes to major in Mathematics and minor in Computer Sciences at a four-year college in the Fall of 2021.