Kaylee de Soto
After her own time as a MATHCOUNTS chapter and state competitor, Kaylee de Soto went on to lead her school's Mu Alpha Theta club, and win numerous awards for her success in academic (particularly math) competitions. Among these awards was a Mathematics Silver Medal in the Hispanic Youth Awards and recognition for scoring 10th in the nation in the National Conservation Foundation's Envirothon.
After Kaylee learned that her former middle school's MATHCOUNTS program had ended because her own former MATHCOUNTS coach and mentor had transferred to another school, she set out to restart the program. She ended up coaching for two different schools, which she described as "life-changing," and led one of her teams to place in the top 10. During her time coaching, Kaylee realized that she "had helped form a true team, whose friendship extended far beyond math problems. All these students, who were so withdrawn initially, who had become accustomed to hiding in the back of their classes, who had let their accomplishments define their worth, had found confidence in each other. Just being able to help create something that strong was nothing short of humbling."
Kaylee also led a student-run tutoring company, Tutoring for Tomorrow, which raised $10,000 annually to support public school extracurricular activities in her community, including the two MATHCOUNTS groups Kaylee coached. She also participated in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's MITES program, which she credits for helping her discover she wanted to major in mathematics and physics.
A Florida native, Kaylee spoke at the 2017 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, where she advised current MATHCOUNTS students to follow their passions and keep an open mind about new fields of study to pursue. She attends MIT.
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