We love shouting out to Udacity students who have used our classes as launch pads for truly amazing accomplishments, and we’re very excited to congratulate high school student Liezel Puzon for being named a grand prize winner in the Google Code-In 2012!

Liezel made her first appearance on our blog when her and her team at Freehold High School won the high school challenge at Udacity.  She has involved herself in projects beyond what she’s learned in our Introduction to Computer Science class.  Liezel applied her new programming skills by joining the Sahana Software Foundation, an open source mentoring organization, and participating the the Google Code-In 2012. During the 7 week contest, she completed 28 tasks for the open source project.

Out of the 334 students from 36 countries who competed in the contest, Liezel has been named one of 20 grand prize winners – Congrats Liezel, you rock!

We’d love to hear how other students have been inspired by our classes to “Learn. Think. Do.” Whether you’ve discovered a new passion, started a new project, or gained a few new friends, share your Udacity stories with us at social (at)!