Nithya Y.

Tenacious, Empathetic, Open-minded

A champion never allows a short-term failure to take her out of the long-term game

- Abby Wambach



Nithya has been a part of the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) since the 7th grade. Through SLI, she has discovered that there is no limit to learning and growing. Nithya has dabbled in many different disciplines across STEM, all of which developed her passion for engineering.
Nithya hopes to develop her interest in engineering and turn it into a medium to help those who need it the most. She spent the summer before junior year developing a smart cane prototype that could assist the blind. She competed in two hackathons this past year and learned first hand how to pitch and deliver projects. Through projects like these, Nithya has realized that she too can give back to her community.
Outside of school, Nithya spends her time playing competitive travel soccer. She is passionate about the sport, which motivates her to strive for the most in both academics and athletics. Nithya's goal is to live the experience of a student-athlete in college.
The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (49ers SLI) provides multi-year, year-round academic support, STEM enrichment, skills training, and leadership opportunities to students in middle and high school. Students, who are with the program for six years from 7th through 12th grade, commit annually to 300+ hours of program learning time in addition to their typical school hours. By cultivating student mastery in STEM subjects and in key skill areas, the program prepares students for college and empowers them to pursue their passions; so that they may become the well-rounded leaders of the future. The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute is made possible by the strong partnership between Silicon Valley Education Foundation, 49ers Foundation, Chevron, and the Santa Clara Unified School District.

Special Thanks To...

49ers SLI students Danielle B, Stephanie K, & Jennifer L for designing and building this website in 2019.

49ers SLI student Aribah H for editing all headshot photos for this website.

Communications Team Danielle B, Dana C, Aribah H, Halle K, Stephanie K, Jennifer L for editing content and building pages for the 2021 Seniors.

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