Caitlin van Zyl says she has four big passions: soccer, God, neuroscience, and family. Caitlin and her twin sister Jacqui , (read her story here) moved with their family from South Africa and just finished their sophomore year at McIntosh High School.
Caitlin was selected to be part of McIntosh’s inaugural STEM program, and she and Jacqui have attended the Georgia State Science Fair for four years. In their third year, they won the UGA Women in Engineering Award—and a trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (IISEF) as observers—for using a brain-computer interface to allow the physically disabled to type on a keyboard using only their minds. This year’s project (see Jacqui’s story for details) won first place and the grand prize—and earned the pair another trip to IISEF, this time as finalists.
‘Always look for the good in life and chase after that which makes you laugh, because happiness is not an outcome but a choice.”
Caitlin plays soccer for her high school and the AFC club team, and started a soccer donation drive called Kickoff for Kurland to benefit South African student teams. She plans to study neuroscience and engineering in college so she can develop new technologies to improve quality of life. She loves to travel and wants to visit Kenya, see all the continents, and go on a treetop safari.