Weekly roundup: 5.0 GPA grad a budding entrepreneur, middle school unveils mural, and more

El Toro High School graduate Joel Kattapuram has already armed himself with the tools to become a tech tycoon.

The 17-year-old, who graduated as class valedictorian with a 5.0 GPA, already has a paid job helping create hardware for the graphical processing of cryptocurrency mining so it can be later analyzed.

Education News title cardThat basically means he’s working to create a system for investors looking to buy Bitcoin and other types of digital currency.

The Orange County Register chronicled Kattapuram’s accomplishments both outside and inside the classroom.

“There’s a dimension where I’d like to make money,” he told the Register. But he also points out, “I’d like to make my mark on the world helping others.”

When his family returns to visit friends and relatives in India, instead of celebrating with parties they volunteer at orphanages or homeless shelters and sponsor meals.

For his Eagle Scout project, he examined the landscape at his church, and determined water could be saved by tearing out invasive weeds, planting drought-tolerant and native plants and installing a drip irrigation system.

Here are some other articles from across the region for the week ending June 14.

  • Orange Unified School District officials have broken ground on the new science center at Orange High School that will feature a dozen state-of-the-art labs and classrooms. It’s part of the $288 million Measure S school bond.
  • After four years of arduous work and determination, a Tesoro High School student with autism graduated from high school with plans for college.

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