|High School:||Casa Grande|
Awards and Honors
Team Co-MVP (2015-16)
Research and STEM activities
Michael and Edwenna Werner SURF Fellow...Awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Sonoma County Board of Education for refining the system which eliminates atemospheric distortion from images of stars significantly dimmer than previously possible, improving the quality of the image to a point greater than the resolution of the Hubble space telescope at a fraction of the cost during an internship running the KAPAO telescope system in the Optics lab of the Physics and Astronomy Department at Sonoma State University the summer before his senior year in high school...Supported in flight calibration of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Satellite and JAXA's Greenhouse Gases observing Satellite...Researched and developed an uncertainty estimation procedure for MODIS reflectance product selection for satellite calibration.
Prior to Caltech
Two-time Speedo Sectional Championship Qualifier in five events...Two-time North Coast Section Championship finalist...2014 Speedo Short Course Far Western Championships finalist...Broke his high school league record in the 100 Fly, which had stood for 27 years...Swam the 10k Open Water Swim from the Golden Gate to Bay Bridges - without a wetsuit...Swam the 3.25-mile Roundtrip Alcatraz, also without a wetsuit...National AP Scholar...Holds a California Seal of Biliteracy in English and Spanish...Member of the national Honor Scoeity and California Scholarship Federation all four years...Named the 2015 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Son of Catherine Handforth and Kim...Has one older brother, Dylan.