Local student chosen to present video game at White House
Broward Education Foundation sponsored summer gaming camp for minority youth
Andrew Gayle is interviewed by NBC Universal in Washington, D.C
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Andrew Gayle, a 10th grade student at Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED Magnet School, was one of 20 minority students in the country, and the only student from Florida, who traveled to the White House to present a video game he created during a summer gaming camp sponsored by the Broward Education Foundation and the City of Lauderhill Police Department.
Gayle was selected as a Fellow in the Leaders on the Fast Track Video Game Innovation Fellowship Challenge, which is sponsored by Entertainment Software Association and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. The Fast Track Video Game Innovation Fellowship challenges minority youths, ages 15 to 25, to develop video games and apps addressing social issues impacting their communities.
“I had the pleasure of attending the camp when the final awards were announced and all of the students are amazing,” said Thomas Severino, president and CEO of Broward Education Foundation. “Andrew’s video game was fantastic, bringing awareness to pollution and the value of recycling.”
While in Washington, D.C. for the recognition, Gayle attended a media and awards event, a Congressional briefing at the U.S. Capitol and a White House briefing with the Department of Science & Technology.
“The difference between typical and competitive is the degree of passion and work,” said Randall Deich, an educator at Lauderhill 6-12. “Andrew has proven that he is competitive. This experience has provided Andrew the insight to realize that his dream of starting his own video game company is within his reach. His path is clear.”