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Krish Ramineni (12) is the CEO and co-founder of Fireflies.ai, an AI note-taking assistant designed to streamline corporate productivity. He shares his experience at Amador, leading up to his journey creating his company.

Amador to Forbes 30U30: Krish Ramineni (’12)’s journey as CEO and co-founder of Fireflies.ai

Tejasvini Ramesh and Krithika Subramaniam May 26, 2023

When Krish Ramineni (‘12) graduated from Amador, he wanted to be a doctor. Like many prospective pre-med students, Ramineni entered college, ready to start a 10-year journey toward the career of his...

Jonah Wang (22), pictured left, and Honoré Alexander (22), pictured right, recently co-founded Sparkmast Group, a company that connects businesses with Gen-Z.

Alumni Spotlight: Honoré Alexander (’22) and Jonah Wang (’22) create Sparkmast Group to connect businesses with Gen-Z

Lauren Tran, Staff Writer May 4, 2023

In December 2022, Honoré Alexander (‘22) and Jonah Wang (‘22) embarked on a journey to change the careers and futures of Gen Z. Today, their development of the nation's first R&D-driven accelerator,...

Solomon Alber (17) continues to pursue his music journey as a jazz musician, having fun and making new friends on the way.

Alumni spotlight: Solomon Alber (‘17) and all that jazz

Grace Huang and Aashi Jain March 27, 2023

Ever since he was a young child, Solomon Alber (‘17) has always been a musician at heart. He has never stopped and continues to pursue his passion as a jazz musician, filling his life with accents and...

The sister duo posts covers of popular songs on their YouTube channel Classically Contempo.

Alumni spotlight: Nina and Mikki Lim (‘19) release music under alias “Classically Contempo”

Rohan Prakash, Staff Writer February 27, 2023

AV alumni Nina Lim (‘19) and Mikki Lim (‘19) released their first video on Youtube under the alias “Classically Contempo” in August 2015: a cover of Twenty One Pilots’ song “Holding on to You.”...

Perfectionism is kind of the bane of our existence, the need to do everything right, and to do it the way that has been done before. Its through the messiness and letting yourself fail, make mistakes, and just be adventurous is whats truly going to lead to the most fruitful lessons, said Da Eun Kim.

Alumni spotlight: Da Eun Kim (‘13) on her unconventional filmmaking journey

Arlina Yang, Media Editor-in-Chief February 24, 2023

From a young age, watching films was Da Eun Kim (‘13)’s outlet from reality. She has always been enchanted with fantasy films like Coco, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Percy Jackson. But Kim never...

Lauryn Marie (20)s songs are known for having poignant lyrics backed by simple acoustics.

Telling stories through music: Lauryn Marie (’20)’s journey as a singer-songwriter

Emerson Muise, AVT Page Editor January 26, 2023

AV Alumni Lauryn Marie ('20) released her first song when she was just 15 years old. That song is called The Romantic, which now has over 2.7 million streams on Spotify. Today, Marie has taken the statement,...

Kyra Britto has taught ASL at Amador since 2020, working hard to prepare the best classes for her students.

A mission to educate: Kyra Britto’s journey to teaching ASL

Luke Rathjen, Staff Writer January 20, 2023

In 2020, AV Alum Kyra Britto arrived at Amador as the new American Sign Language (ASL) teacher. Today, she’s known for inspiring her students with her commitment to spreading awareness on deaf culture. Although...

Gottschalk holds the second place trophy won by Amador UAVs at the international AUVSI competition.

Alumni Spotlight: Kai Gottschalk (’22) talks winning international UAV competition, building drones, and filming school events

Eva Raul, AVT Page Editor September 2, 2022

Bzzz!! Kai Gottschalk (‘22) handles the controls allowing a drone to fly high above the football field, capturing the marching band’s final run of the rehearsal. He makes sure it stays steady while...

After three years attending community college, Xinyun Liu (20) successfully applied as a transfer student to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB, UC Irvine, and UC Davis.

From community college to UC Berkeley: Xinyun Liu (’20) on her unconventional post-high school journey

Sharon Jiang, Staff Writer May 25, 2022

In recent years, as the political atmosphere between China and the United States becomes more and more tense, international students have been put in an uneasy position. For Xinyun Liu (‘20), who came...

Independent of the forma education system, Matthew Zhao continues to pursue his passion as a software engineer.

From Amador Dropout to Employed Software Engineer: Matthew Zhao talks about his journey in Computer Science and Cybersecurity classes

Andrew Xiao, Staff Writer May 24, 2022

Last Friday, Richard Hanson’s AP Computer Science and Cybersecurity classes welcomed guest speaker Zhixiang (Matthew) Zhao to talk about his experience as an employed software engineer and developer...

Taking the shot: Akanksha Banerjee (‘21) talks running a photography business after high school

Taking the shot: Akanksha Banerjee (‘21) talks running a photography business after high school

Jamilla Zuniga, AVTV EIC May 22, 2022

In her freshman year of high school, Akanksha Banerjee (‘21) was already an avid photographer. At the time, though, she had no idea her hobby of taking fun photos with friends would quickly expand into...

Rao moonlights as the founder and host of popular podcast Down to Brown. Alongside guest speakers in each episode, Rao explores the different dimensions of the South Asian-American identity and seeks to answer this question: “what would life look like if we freed ourselves from the pressures of American assimilation and Indian stigma to be our best, most authentic selves?”

Down to brown: Lahari Rao (’08) talks hosting a podcast and discovering her own cultural identity

Carol Xu, AVT Page Editor March 29, 2022

Lahari Rao (‘08) lives an intriguing double life. By day, she’s the senior internal communications partner at Gusto, based in the Bay Area. She loves incredibly detailed parties. When people see...

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