Bound for Greatness

This year was different. As soon as we put out the call for nominations for the best and brightest Stamford students, the names of great candidates poured in. I cannot remember a more difficult year narrowing the pool to this select few. In the end, it was a good problem to have, as it gave us the chance to highlight an impressive talent, all of them intelligent and focused in ways that give us great hope for the future. I could go on and on about their grades, awards, titles and accomplishments that prove their excellence. (Turn to pg. 94 for a peek at their achievements.) But we decided to dig deeper to learn more about what they love and dream about, what they think and aspire to, what they value and cherish. In doing so, we tapped into their sense of humor—they are really funny!—their giving hearts, their confidence and wisdom, their unquenchable drive and curiosity, all of which give us a greater appreciation for what they’ve done and what they will accomplish in the years to come.


CALEB OSEMOBOR

Brunswick School

Greatest challenge?
Four years of varsity swimming. I [had a] plan that allowed me to take care of my school responsibilities while getting adequate sleep and [eating] the right food so I [could] train to the best of my ability. It’s a very difficult and intense sport that requires complete dedication.

Recent lesson?
Even the smallest action can have a big impact on brightening someone else’s day.

Personal motto?
The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.

Favorite teacher?
Mr. [Matthew] Kirby-Smith. He taught me in middle school and every year since then. His deep understanding and love for [technical theater] rubbed off on me and made me look forward to class every day.

Teen dilemma?
Today’s teens have to navigate the dangers of sensors like cameras and microphones being ever-present in their lives, something their parents and other generations did not grow up with.

Guilty pleasure?
Making pancakes after midnight.

Career goals?
To end up as a CFO or CEO of a major corporation. My dream job would be as an executive at a major production or entertainment company. This [would allow] me to combine my formal education with my love for filmmaking, photography and digital media.

Secret talent?
I can make origami cranes.

I’m in the middle of binge-watching…
13 Reasons Why.

If I could travel anywhere, I would visit…
Southeast Asia.

I aspire to learn…
“Free Bird” on guitar.

The best part about my school is…
the brotherhood.

If I could change the world, I would…
provide clean drinking water to everyone.

The last book I read was…
King Lear by William Shakespeare.


ANISHA LAUMAS
Greenwich Academy

Greatest challenge?
Dealing with a major family medical emergency when my grandmother fell down an escalator. The aftermath impacted me emotionally and showed me how to deal with things beyond [my] control. I had to take care of my younger sister and cousins while my grandmother was taken to the ER. [When] my grandmother came home from the hospital, I helped take care of her and spent more time with her, which gave me a new, deeper [appreciation] for how life is a delicate balance.

Give back?
I have served as the teaching assistant for the Middle School Coding Club at GA, an opportunity that means a lot to me and allows me to help others. I enjoy mentoring girls interested in STEM and computer science and [being] someone who they can talk to frankly about their interests.

Personal motto?
Work harder than you have to, be kinder than you need to, and never ever give up.

Last summer?
I participated in the Path to a Cure High School Summer Research Program at the Yale School of Medicine for the second year. I conducted independent research investigating the role of certain micro-RNAs on the fate decision of a specific hematopoietic stem cell.

Favorite movie?
The X-Men series. [The movies] are a reminder that everyone has their own unique qualities and they achieve more as a team than they do individually.

Pet peeve?
When people waste time doing things they don’t like. Time is the most precious resource we all have, and people who waste it doing things they don’t enjoy…are passing up the opportunity to explore what they are really passionate about.

Sports idol?
Serena Williams. She continues to defy all expectations and is one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

Latest listen?
More Spanish pop music, having been inspired by my AP Spanish language class.

If I could change the world I would…
give everyone equal access to education.

The last book I read was…
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.


JAIMIE LOPEZ
King School

Personal motto?
Everything will be fine in ten minutes. If I am ever frustrated when learning something new, or I feel as if I cannot complete a task, I put it down for ten minutes, and I revisit it later.

Role model?
My Mom. She is full of kindness and humor at all times. She treats everyone with respect, and I hope I can be as compassionate as she is every day.

Favorite movie?
The Truman Show. A comedy and a tragedy, it has always shown me that humans will follow the truth, no matter how painful.

Teen dilemma?
The lack of respect we get from the older generations. When we rally against problems that concern us, we are met with skepticism. I just hope that when we grow up, we won’t underestimate the teenage generation.

Guilty pleasure?
Definitely, gummy worms. I know I shouldn’t eat them but I always find myself with a bag of them every week.

Superhero power?
I would love to freeze time. I feel like I would use it often.

Secret talent?
I can bake really well, when I have time.

Love music?
It has always been something that has connected me with my friends, whether it was in choir or in a musical.

Latest listen?
I have not stopped listening to Lorde’s Melodrama since it released last year.

The best part of my school is…
the support I have received from my teachers.

Creative outlet?
I love to knit and crochet. I also play the ukulele in my free time.

I aspire to learn…
sign language.

If I could change the world, I would…
make transportation more accessible and affordable.

The last book I read was…
Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward.


ASHLEY XU
King School

Lesson learned?
I grew up with a strict work ethic, and I always tried to apply myself to studying. When junior year started and my workload increased, there were times when I had a hundred things to do, but I would still always try to finish everything, sneaking in work during lunch, or sacrificing sleep. I finally realized that during times like these, when I’m stressed to the point that it is unhealthy, that it is okay not to be okay, and to take breaks, reach out to teachers for help, and make time for hobbies and family.

Personal motto?
Why not? When I am in a situation where I am unsure of what to do, I always ask myself this question. If I can’t answer the question with a valid response, then I have proven to myself that there is more reason to do whatever I was considering, than to not do it.

Role model?
My sister. She is someone I have looked up to for advice and support throughout my life. Even when I was a baby, I only took my first steps because she encouraged me to. She knows what to do in any situation, and always seems to have an endless amount of knowledge and wisdom about the world.

Guilty pleasure?
Watching my favorite episodes of Parks and Recreation, even though I’ve seen [them] multiple times. It never fails to make me laugh.

Career goals?
I want to have a creative outlet in my life. Whether it is drawing on the side, or fully integrated into my work, my goal is to create a balance between the sciences and the arts. My dream job would be to work as a visualization scientist for NASA.

Latest listen?
“Four Out of Five” by the Arctic Monkeys from their album Tranquility Base Hotel.

Fun fact about you?
I love watching [pro] hockey.

In ten years, I’ll be…
living in a city, preferably New York, with a dog that’s bigger than me and a job that I look forward to every day.

I aspire to learn…
at least three languages fluently.

The last book I read was…
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.

If I could travel anywhere…
I would visit Mars.


JOHN BOLOGNINO
Stamford High School

Lesson learned?
I tend to commit time to events and projects, even if I can’t afford to do so. This sometimes leaves me gasping for air. I’ve learned that focusing my energy on what matters most rather than spreading myself thin makes the best use of my time.

Study tips?
Multitasking is a lie. Focus on one thing and do it properly and thoroughly.

Personal motto?
Humans are like sponges; most of their weight is in the things they absorb. This informs my daily life by reminding me to focus on absorbing what is good and useful so that it becomes part of me.

Favorite teacher?
I have had the good fortune of being educated by myriad wonderful teachers, among them Ms. James, Ms. Cullen, Mrs. Stella, Mr. Sollito, Mr. Freeman, Mr. Ringel, Master Kim and Mr. Katz, but as of this writing, my current English teacher, Ms. Correa.

Pet peeve?
People talking over one another.

Guilty pleasure?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and similar campy
TV shows.

Future goals?
I want a classical liberal arts education focusing on artificial intelligence, psychology, and writing and acting. I want to combine my communication skills with my technical understanding of computers and psychology to more deeply understand what makes us human and how we think. If that doesn’t pan out, I’ll wait tables or something.

Pre-performance ritual?
Before each improv show, to make sure we don’t rely on profanity to be funny, the cast will stand in a circle and swear for a minute straight to get it out of their system. This is very similar to my post-finals ritual.

I would love to cure…
ignorance.

The last book I read was…
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

If I could change the world, I would…
make it impossible for people to lie.

If I could travel anywhere…
I would visit the other side of a black hole, provided I could come back.


MEGAN BALOUTCH
Trinity Catholic High School

Greatest challenge?
Struggling with attention deficit disorder [ADD] made keeping up with the world around me a challenge. I went undiagnosed for a long time because I did well in school, but ADD made everything more difficult. Realizing that I had it and learning how to deal with it truly changed my life for the better.

Study tips?
I take practice tests, giving myself as much time as I would have for the real test.

Give back?
I volunteer at my parish, Union Memorial Church, and have volunteered with Stamford Youth Soccer League. However, tutoring is my favorite way to give back. I know what it feels like to be left behind so I do my best to prevent it from happening to other people.

Style signature?
T-shirts of all kinds: oversized, art and music T-shirts, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson T-shirts.
I love them all.

Favorite movie?
I love Life is Beautiful. It always makes me cry.

Teen dilemma?
The exorbitant cost of university is a huge issue. Eighteen-year-olds take out loans for school and end up buried in debt. Education is supposed to free and empower us.

Favorite family vacation?
When we went to Greece. I love Greek mythology and history, so going [there] was a dream vacation.

Secret talent?
I love drawing, painting, and any kind of art.
I like to think I’m pretty good at it.

I’m in the middle of binge-watching…
American Vandal on Netflix.

I aspire to learn…
Dari, the dialect of Farsi spoken by my Dad.

The last book I read was…
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

If could host a dinner party and invite anyone, dead or alive, I would ask…
Gustav Klimt, with hopes that he would
paint me.

If I could change the world, I would…
conserve more of Earth’s resources.

If I could travel anywhere…
I would visit Vienna, Austria.


LUKE BUTTENWIESER
King School

Lesson learned?
Never be afraid to put yourself out there and say hello. I know this sounds cliché, but I got my summer job as a transportation researcher and my traffic project with the City of Stamford [by] walking in and saying hello. It opened all of these doors [for me.]

Study tips?
Enjoy class. Learning doesn’t come from cramming your notes the night before. It comes from being engaged. Teachers are receptive to someone who is engaged in their class. You will learn more if you take an active role in class.

Personal motto?
My whole mission in life is to help others. I live by the creed that public service is the highest service.

Favorite teacher?
Mr. [Ian] Lear-Nickum. I’ve never had a teacher who is so insightful and knowledgeable about the world. He has made me a more inquisitive student and person, teaching me about so many things I would have never known about.

Favorite app?
Google Docs. This is the nerdiest thing ever but I use it every day to write my ideas and notes. I run Student Council on Google Docs.

Future goals?
I want to major in urban planning and public policy, and go into government in the field of transportation planning. [By] working in government you get to help so many people and I would get to make their lives better. My dream job would be Secretary of Transportation or the mayor of a major city.

Best superhero?
Batman, [as he] has no real superpowers. He is just a guy helping his community. This is something that is really inspiring to me. Bruce Wayne is using his privilege to help others.

Favorite subject?
History, hands down. AP U.S. history was the best class I’ve ever taken. I’ve never had so much fun in a class.

I would love to cure…
homelessness.

The last book I read was…
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

If I could change the world, I would…
end global warming.

The biggest teenage DILEMMA today is…
Social media. There’s a dehumanizing [quality] to social media that people need to overcome.


AUDREY MOLINA
Westhill High School

Lesson learned?
I used to accept powerful adults making all the big decisions, but my politically active peers have made me realize that my voice can be heard through my writing, my music and more. I now strive to become more involved [in issues] that I used to ignore. So far, I have performed original poetry at two protest events—the Stamford March for Our Lives and the Stamford Press Conference on Gun Violence with Congressman Jim Himes.

Study tips?
Make study guides! I often rewrite my notes before a test into an organized, concise format; simply the act of making the guide commits the material to memory. I wish I could also say, “Don’t procrastinate,” but I am a serial procrastinator.

Personal motto?
I borrow [mine] from author John Green, who preaches that we should “imagine people complexly.” It means recognizing that other people are just as complicated and multi-faceted as you are. It’s important to do so to gain empathy.

Style signature?
According to my Mom, “skater boy chic!”

Role model?
My grandfather. He was a fighter pilot in World War II, father to four daughters, became a professor at a university, protested the Vietnam War, swam every day well into his nineties, donated to countless charities, loved red wine, and lived his entire life with compassion.

Favorite family vacation?
To Mexico, when my parents agreed to zip-line into a cave with me.

Future goals?
I would like to double major in English literature and secondary education or adolescent development. My dream job would be as an English teacher for at-risk kids, with a side gig writing novels or human-interest stories.

In ten years, I’ll be…
editing my second novel and teaching.

I’m in the middle of binge-watching…
The Handmaid’s Tale.

The last book I read was…
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

The biggest teenage DILEMMA today is…
Mental illness as well as the tumultuous political climate.


LALITH GOLI
Stamford High School

Greatest challenge?
A few years ago [I] was an introverted person. I didn’t like talking to people that weren’t close friends. One day, [something switched] and I became open and very social. Now, I’m happy to be an extrovert and be friends with everyone. I have a great, humorous personality that has [helped] me [achieve].

Give back?
I volunteer at Creative Learning at the First Presbyterian Church. I help children complete their homework and read books with them. It feels great helping someone learn something new. I also volunteer at the [Ferguson Library]. I help children read and log their reading hours for the library’s summer reading program.

Personal motto?
As YouTuber Casey Neistat once said, “Do what you can’t.” I’ve taken this motto [to heart] by doing things that are outside my comfort zone. For example, I am beyond scared of heights, but this fear didn’t stop me from participating in the Stratosphere Sky Jump and leaping off an 829-foot building! I even pushed myself to go cliff-jumping off a sixty-foot cliff! If someone tells me that I can’t do it, I push myself harder to accomplish the goal.

Style signature?
I really enjoy the contemporary fashion right now. This includes brands such as Louis Vuitton and Versace to street-wear clothes such as Supreme and Off White. Designer Virgil Abloh has taken fashion to a whole different level with his collaborations with Nike and Louis Vuitton.

Role model?
My father. [By coming] to America [for] a better life, he has shown me that anything is possible.

Future goals?
I want to double major in business and film. I would love to work in advertising or the stock market. I would love to make a movie one day.

Sports idol?
Cristiano Ronaldo! I’m a huge soccer fan and it would be my dream to watch him play live.

Creative outlet?
Making fake movie trailers.

I aspire to learn…
how to pilot an airplane.

If I could change the world, I would…
get rid of illegal drugs.

The biggest teenage DILEMMA today is…
Today’s teens, including me, spend too much time on the phone. We need to break away from this habit and explore the world around us.


ANUSHA ATTRE
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering

Greatest challenge?
After severely injuring my ankle last year, I was unable to play soccer. As an athlete, I found it difficult to suddenly stop playing. I overcame this physical and psychological challenge by going to physical therapy and training my body slowly to heal and regain strength.

Personal motto?
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. It reminds me that any challenge I am currently facing will eventually get better if I keep working and thinking positively.

Style signature?
Hoodies and leggings are my go-to!

Favorite teacher?
My AP biology teacher, Ms. [Kimberly] Smith is amazing at recalling the most obscure facts about botany and marine biology. She has inspired me to continue exploring the vast field and pushes me to be the best scientist.

Favorite app?
I love using the Duolingo to learn languages on the go! I’m currently studying Spanish, French, Turkish, Mandarin and Korean on the app.

Favorite family vacation?
My Mom, sister and I traveled to Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia last year. I loved learning about the different cultures, and I feel that our history classes rarely discuss the ancient history of that region. I learned a lot about the religious beliefs and cultural differences while also soaking up the sun on beautiful beaches.

Future goals?
I plan to major in biomedical sciences or molecular cell biology. My dream job would be working as a medical scientist so I can practice clinical work while doing independent research. I am currently interested in neurology, oncology and pediatrics.

Secret talent?
I am good at Uno (the card game).

Fun fact about you?
I can knit. I also clean when I’m stressed.

In ten years, I’ll be…
in med school/residency. Becoming a doctor takes a long time!

The last book I read was…
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

Lately I have been listening to…
Some throwback hits by Drake and Kanye.


JULIETTE LIPSON
Stamford High School

Greatest challenge?
A year ago, I gave up [competitive] synchronized ice-skating, [which] had been a large part of my life since I was eight. To deal with the change, I stay in contact with my friends on the skating team, continue to skate on my own, and participate in new activities through school.

Lesson learned?
While hard work pays off, that doesn’t mean you should work yourself into the ground on everything you do. Sometimes you need to [find ways] to balance schoolwork and extra-curricular activity with fun and relaxation.

Give back?
Mostly through my Girl Scout troop. We make pies for the soup kitchen during the holidays, collect personal care items for Inspirica, [sing] carols at Sunrise Senior Living, make blankets for Blythdale Children’s Hospital and make care bags for cancer patients.

Role model?
I am very proud and impressed by my parents, and I aspire to be the perfect mixture of the two of them. They are both successful scientists who received high levels of education and have worked at exciting start-up companies and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. I am also very interested in science so I look up to their success.

Teen dilemma?
Today’s teens are under a lot of pressure. As high school students, [we feel] we need to do everything in our power to be accepted at top colleges. [Teens] take on too many challenging classes and can be overworked. I worry that it takes some of the joy out of being a teenager.

Guilty pleasure?
Cheesecake. I can eat quite a bit of cheesecake.

Favorite vacation?
[Besides Los Angeles,] the Black Hills and the Badlands of South Dakota. When my parents first described the trip, I wasn’t that thrilled. But the Black Hills took my breath away and we went on the most beautiful hikes. The mesmerizing geological features of both the hills and the Badlands made me wish my high school offered a course on geology.

Favorite superhero?
Black Widow, because she doesn’t have a superpower (which might technically mean she is not a superhero) and yet she is still an incredible fighter.

Lately I have been listening to…
[Some] pop music, but the last year or so I think there have been very few solid songs.


LIAM GELLING
Westhill High School

Greatest challenge?
I’ve experienced a lot of challenges and it’s hard to compare them to each other, but the one thing that gets me through the hard times is music. Listening to music or playing one of my instruments has shown me how important it is to have a passion in your life.

Give back?
I volunteer at my church and teach catechism. I’m also on the Summer Youth Theater [SYT] board at Curtain Call. [Since] I have to fulfill fifty hours of community service, [my volunteering] includes ushering, bake sales and costume clean-outs.

Personal motto?
I’m still here. It’s vital to remember that [no matter how] many times life may punch you in the gut, you still have the chance to get up and keep moving forward. After the storm, there’s always going to be a ground zero to grow from.

Last summer?
I performed in Curtain Call’s Bye Bye Birdie while playing bass for the show. I also prepared for my auditions for college by practicing my repertoire and writing college essays. In June, I went to Boston to the New England Conservatory for a Jazz Lab to further my skills on the upright bass.

Style signature?
Sometimes a poncho. Sometimes a fedora. Depends on the occasion.

Role model?
Brian Bianco, the education director at Curtain Call and the advisor of the SYT board. I’ve known Brian for four years and worked with him over the summer at the Curtain Call camps. He’s always a phone call away, and the way he expresses his passion for theater and the arts is worthy of mass appreciation. He’s an excellent mentor and a good friend.

Pet peeve?
When people interrupt other people, it is the worst. It’s like the person who interrupts thinks they have something more important to say that they have to completely drive a bus through your thought.

Future goals?
I would like to major in music therapy, have a private practice and stay home with my kids while also following my dreams of helping people and teaching music. >>

Lately I have been listening to…
Bye Bye Birdie, and the music I’m playing for my gigs.


FIRST IN CLASS
Prepare to be schooled: a look at this year’s whiz kids

CALEB OSEMOBOR
Brunswick School
› Honor Roll, four years
› Varsity swimming, four years
› President, Diversity in Action Club, senior year
› Senior Senator, Student Council
› Brunswick Union, senior year
› Peer Leader, senior year
› Vice President, Arch Street Teen Board
› Princeton Model UN Prize, sophomore year Accomplished photographer

ANISHA LAUMAS
Greenwich Academy
› Valedictorian, freshman and junior years
› Inducted into the Cum Laude Society, junior year
› Recipient of the AP Scholar Distinction Award, junior year
› Recipient of GA’s Wall Award for Excellence in American History and the Leo J. Whelton Mathematics Award, junior year
› Recipient of the National Center for Women and Information Technology—Connecticut Affiliate—Award for Aspirations in Computing, junior year
› Participant in the Path to a Cure High School Summer Research Program, conducting biomedical research at Yale School of Medicine, summers 2017 and 2018
› Recipient of the Melissa D. Holland Award for character growth, promise, integrity and commitment to GA, sophomore year
› Current third-degree black belt in Taekwondo
› Member of the award-winning GA Robotics team, four years

JAIMIE LOPEZ
King School
› King Scholar, four years
› Inducted into the Cum Laude Society, senior year
› Recipient of the French Prize, senior year
› Recipient of the Robert Morse Carpenter Memorial Prize for academic achievement and citizenship, senior year
› Recipient of the Faculty Prize, senior year
› Milestones Club, facilitator and leader, four years
› JV soccer, four years

ASHLEY XU
King School
› King Scholar
› Inducted into the Cum Laude Society, junior year
› Recipient of the 2017 National Gold Medal, Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for oil painting, Questioning.
› Recipient of the 2017 Silver Key Award for Self Portrait in charcoal and the 2017 Gold Key Award for Questioning, Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards Program
› Accomplished archer: two-time first-place winner of the 2017 Connecticut Target Archers Association JOAD Indoor State Championship, up to 17 years old, female category; third-place winner of the 2016 Connecticut Target Archers Association JOAD Indoor State Championship for Compound Bow, up to 17 years old, female category; second- place winner of the 2015 Connecticut Target Archers Association JOAD Indoor State Championship for Compound Bow, up to 14 years old, female category
› Cocaptain, Debate Team, senior year
› Member of the King Math Team, Model UN, UNICEF Club

JOHN BOLOGNINO
Stamford High School
› Inducted into the National Honor Society, junior year
› Recipient of the 2018 Achievement Award in Writing from the National Council of Teachers of English Honored by the NASA Consortium, Connecticut General Assembly, Stamford Board of Education, Mayor David Martin and the Stamford Board of Representatives for, as part of a team, designing an experiment that was tested at the International Space Station in June
› Recipient of the 2016 Connecticut Drama Association’s All-Cast Award for performance in The Real Inspector Hound, which won “Best Play” and “People’s Choice” awards at the Connecticut Drama Festival
› Cocaptain, Strawberry Hill Improv Players
› Producer and Director of Connection Time News, SHS’s TV news program
› Reporter, The Round Table, SHS’s newspaper
› Current second-degree black belt in Taekwondo
› Member of the SHS Leadership Academy

MEGAN BALOUTCH
Trinity Catholic High School
› Honor Roll and Honors with Distinction
› Inducted into the National Honor Society, junior year
› Captain, varsity soccer
› Treasurer, Multicultural Club
› Member of Teen PeaceWorks and the Sedes Sapientiae Chapter of the National Honor Society
› Accomplished artist

LUKE BUTTENWIESER
King School
› King Scholar
› High Honor Roll
› President, Student Body and Student Council, senior year
› Founder and President, Young Democrats Club
› Junior Class Representative, Student Council
› Recipient of the UVA Jefferson Book Award, junior year
› Recipient of the American History, Diversity and Inclusion awards, junior year
› Connecticut Swimming Scholar Athlete with the Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club, ranked sixteenth in the state
› King community organizer, March for Our Lives, New York City
› Burgeoning Traffic Analyst: former intern, City of Stamford Bureau of Transportation, Traffic and Parking (spring) and the (NYU) Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management (summer)

AUDREY MOLINA
Westhill High School
› High Honor Roll
› Inducted into the National Honor Society, junior year
› President, Modern Music Masters Honors Society
› Recipient of the 2018 Connecticut Drama Association’s Outstanding Actress Award for performance in Radium Girls, which won “Best Play” award at the Connecticut Drama Festival
› State Champion, 2018 Poetry Out Loud
› Winner of first prize in fiction in the Ferguson Library’s 2017 Literary Competition
› Drum Major, marching band
› Recipient of Director’s Choice Award for work ethic as drum major, junior year
› First-Chair Clarinetist, concert band
› Member of the Westhill Chamber Singers
› Recipient of the United Way of Western Connecticut’s Service Certificate, junior year
› Recipient of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Volunteer Service Award, sophomore year

LALITH GOLI
Stamford High School
› Inducted into the National Honor Society, junior year
› President, Class of 2019
› Member of winning team, Student Spaceflight Experiments program
› Captain, Strawberry Hill Improv program
› Mentor, SHS Leadership Academy
› Member, Strawberry Hill Players
› Varsity golf

ANUSHA ATTRE
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering
› Honor Roll
› Inducted into the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, junior year
› Vice President, Science National Honor Society, junior year
› Recipient of AITE’s Pillars of Character Award, three years
› Recipient of Spanish and Science Department awards for academic excellence, junior year
› Participant in the Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy, conducting biomedical research at City of Hope cancer center, summer 2018
› Varsity soccer
› Captain, JV soccer, sophomore year

JULIETTE LIPSON
Stamford High School
› Honors with Distinction
› Inducted into the National Honor Society
› Student Representative, SHS Athletic Council
› Member, SHS Leadership Academy
› Captain, varsity cross-country; qualified to run in the State Open Meet, junior year
› Captain, varsity outdoor track; qualified to run in the State Meet, junior year
› Elected to the All-FCIAC Second Team, sophomore and junior years
› Girl Scout; currently working toward a Gold Award
› Synchronized Skating National Champion, novice and intermediate levels
› Completed the Gold Level U.S. Figure Skating Moves in the Field Tests
› Mickey Lione Scholarship finalist

LIAM GELLING
Westhill High School
› International Baccalaureate High Honors
› First place winner in digital video production at the Future Leaders of America State Leadership Conference
› Section Editor, The Westword
› Member of WHS gospel choir, marching band, jazz band, Northstar Playmakers, Improv Troupe
› Accomplished musician: saxophone, guitar, electric and upright bass, piano, ukulele, bass drum, cymbals and quads
› Accomplished vocalist, actor and composer
› Participant in an independent study on music composition and arrangement
› Participant in WHS Academy of Finance program

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