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 Posted: 07/24/17, 5:02 PM PDT  | Oroville MR - http://www.orovillemr.com/article/NB/20170724/NEWS/170729875

Just four years after walking across the stage of Oroville High as valedictorian, an Oroville native is again being recognized for his academic abilities.

Niko Alino graduated from Oroville High as valedictorian in 2013 before heading to Stanford University where he and three other classmates recently won first prize for best senior project at the university’s School of Management Science and Engineering.

For the project, “The New and Improved Identifor: Improving the transition from adolescence to adulthood for individuals with autism,” the students helped an online gaming company revamp their user interface and developed a sophisticated online recommendation system for the company’s games for autistic kids. The games help identify a user’s talent and skill, and seek to further hone those abilities to help special children become productive adults.

Along with the first prize, the names of Alino and team members Parker Odrich, Asad Khaliq and Spencer Savitz will be engraved on a senior project plaque in the engineering center at Stanford.

Alino previously gained notoriety for a group project he completed at Stanford in 2015. Alino, Savitz and Vienna Harvey developed an algorithm to determine the amount of alcohol consumption that can cause one to experience short-term memory loss. The trio explained their analysis in a Youtube video that received nearly 100,000 views and was covered by multiple news media outlets.

Alino, 20, graduated from Stanford in June with a degree in management science and engineering with a concentration in finance and decision.

Prior to attending Stanford, Alino graduated from Oroville High as valedictorian and St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School. While a student in Oroville, Alino became a National Merit Scholar, was named one of the top pianists in California by a statewide panel, and won the Rotary International District’s speech contest, which was Oroville’s first win in nine years.


 

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