SPARTA, NJ – He has been looking forward to this for more than a year.  Hard work has paid off for Sparta High School junior Akshat Iyer.  He has been invited to participate in this summer’s Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology.

Iyer is a member of the STEM Academy for Computer Science at the high school. 

“We are extremely proud of Akshat and this every exciting and well-deserved accomplishment, Sparta High School Principal Ronnie Spring said. “Being accepted into the Engineering and Technology Gov. State program is truly a testament to his hard work and dedication as a member of the STEM Academy at Sparta High School.”  

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"We are very excited that Akshat has been accepted into this prestigious program,” Science Supervisor Marisa Wilson said. “It is a well-deserved honor. For the past three years, Akshat has proven himself as an academically strong and competitive member of the Computer Science STEM Academy at Sparta High School."

It is not just all computers with the junior.  He is a violinist, playing every day and taking lessons weekly via video conference. 

His skills on the chess board have earned him an above average United States Chess Federation or USCF rating over 1600. If not for the shutdown, Iyer would have traveled to Columbus, Ohio earlier this month for the national tournament.

“He is the baker of the family, always finding new recipes to cook and bake,” his mother Anshu Yadav said.  She said he and his three younger siblings spend time outside when they can as well as playing video games.

Sharing his talents, Iyer loves teaching and has recently joined Mathnasium as a tutor, helping younger students with video calls. 

"It has been a pleasure having Akshat at Sparta High School and we are extremely proud of of his accomplishments. He is a tremendous asset to the STEM academy. We look forward to seeing what he accomplishes with the Engineering and Technology Governor’s State program." Mathematics Supervisor Katie Arbolinio said.

The program is hosted by Rutgers University School of Engineering, sponsored by the school, the state, corporate and individual donors and Governor’s School alumni.

Governor’s School this year will, of course be different than past years with coursework, team work and the final symposium being handled remotely.  For four weeks Iyer will have four online academic classes as well as creating a design project with a group of four to five other attendees. 

Iyer will not only get to work with other high school students in the program, he will have the opportunity to work with professionals from around the state.

“We are extremely proud of Akshat and this every exciting and well-deserved accomplishment, Sparta High School Principal Ronnie Spring said. “Being accepted into the Engineering and Technology Gov. State program is truly a testament to his hard work and dedication as a member of the STEM Academy at Sparta High School.”  

“I was looking forward to this program since I first heard of it during my sophomore year,” Iyer said. “Now that I am accepted, I can’t wait for the next chapter of this journey.”