We are ecstatic to announce that Beryl Z., an 11th grader at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, has entered the Breakthrough Junior Challenge!  

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science. Students ages 13 to 18 from countries across the globe are invited to create and submit original videos that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics.

What an honor to have Beryl represent BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in this renowned competition!

Now we need your votes—here's how you can help:

For 11 days, beginning Monday, October 23rd and ending Thursday, November 2nd, voting is open for the top 30 videos in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge. People around the world will be voting for their favorite video, so please join in! Beryl's submission is featured here, and whichever videos get the highest combined total of Likes, Shares and positive reactions (Love, Haha, Wow) will be named “Popular Vote Top Scorer” and the creator will automatically be placed in the final round of judging.

Beryl wrote this note summarizing her experience and asking our robust learning community for their support:

My name is Beryl Zhou, and I am currently a junior here at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley who is crazy about biology! Recently I decided to take my passion for art and life sciences to the next level, by creating a clay stop motion animation that described a big idea in biology—body hackers (also known as viruses)! I took a chance, and decided to enter my video into a competition; but now I need your help. Please watch my video if you have a few moments, and leave a like, a reaction, or share my video on the Breakthrough Facebook Page by Monday, October 30th! Thank you so much!


Please check out her amazing video here, and be sure to like it. We know you will all find it as impressive as we doit is a true testament to the incredible talent of our schools' students.

Let's get voting! If everyone in the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley community, as well as our sister school communities, watch her video, and like or share it on the Breakthrough Facebook page, we can see her through to victory!