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Zuriel

Zuriel, an application designed by Sodani's team at Cesion Software, aims to increase school funding while encouraging students to improve their academic performance and retention.

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Zuriel is a project of Cesion Software CEO Abhigya Sodani, Edward Frazer, Nidhir Guggilla, Tommy Vo Tran, Suhas Kotha, and Samuel Brashears. Sodani, a high school student himself, says he sees firsthand the shortcomings of America’s educational system. Many students are subject to underfunded, understaffed, and underprepared schools. The lack of resources has “left many students unable to compete with an increasingly-competitive world after graduation,” says Cesion CTO Edward Frazer.

Zuriel, an application designed by Sodani’s team at Cesion Software, aims to increase school funding while encouraging students to improve their academic performance and retention. Here’s how it works: local businesses pledge donations to schools on the condition of good academic performance. Students from the school enter the Zuriel platform and answer a series of questions related to their school material. If they show good answers, the pledged money is sent to their school.

Students who excel can also win prizes for their work while businesses can use their donations for tax benefits. Sodani’s hope is to not only foster a sense of community and responsibility for education but also help businesses identify and connect with future potential employees.

The lack of resources has left many students unable to compete with an increasingly-competitive world after graduation.

— Edward Frazer, Cesion CTO

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