Ardent Student Anna Lou, junior at Oxford Academy, was selected by Project Tomorrow as the winner of the Emerging Student Innovator of the Year award.

Project Tomorrow is a national education nonprofit group that promotes innovative thinking in scientific subjects amongst K-12 schools. It hosts the annual Innovation in Education Awards, a program that honors leaders in education and students for significant contributions through the use of science, math, and technology.

There are three different award categories in the program: Innovative Schoolwide Program, High Impact Teacher, and Emerging Student Innovator. The winners of each award are recognized on a national level and receive over $1000 in funding.

The Emerging Student Innovator award is given to a student between 8th and 11th grade who displays the most creative use of science, math, and technology resources to solve problems within a school or community. Amongst three finalists, Anna was selected as the candidate who best fulfilled this criteria.

Passionate about computer science and programming, Anna currently serves as the president of OC Coder. OC Coder is a group consisting of high school students who contribute to the Orange County community through their programming abilities.

Anna also serves as the Co-President of National Honor Society at her school, and has taken part in multiple competitions on both local and national levels.

A total of nine finalists were recognized and three winners announced at the award ceremony, which was held at The Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Oct. 8. Anna received $2000 in scholarships for winning the student award.