Ten Eastside Catholic students earn National Merit Scholarship commendation

Ten seniors at Eastside Catholic High School have been named National Merit Scholarship recipients.

Here is the list of winners:

-Hyunwoo Chung

Vincent Chung

– Henry Cope

– Tur Hamdan

– Christopher Hamdan

– Grace Hopkins

-Ruya Huang

-Arnav Rajashikara

– Elle Sampson

– Christopher shows

These students were among the approximately 34,000 high school students nationally recognized as Acclaimed Students of National Merit Scholarships, separate from the 16,000 who were recognized as National Merit Scholars semi-finalists according to the National Scholarship Foundation.

High School Principal Ryan Aiello commended the students for their accomplishments, “I am excited to announce and celebrate the accomplishments of these 10 wonderful students. This illustrious group is as strong as any group I have seen in my tenure at EC. Their commitment to academic excellence – both in and out of the classroom – is remarkable and impressive.”

The majority of the honored students provided their goals and aspirations for their future as well as some advice for the younger students.

Vincent Chung wants to attend Carnegie Mellon University, study computer science and expand into machine learning.

He pleaded: “Don’t ask for permission to pursue something, do it now.”

Henry Cobb would like to study computer science.

He recommended “Take your homework seriously and work hard.”

Grace Hopkins would like to attend college on the East Coast and pursue political science. She said younger students should be themselves and enjoy high school.

Ruoya Huang would like to attend Rice University and study public policy or political science. She recommended that younger students always plan and start early with their academic agendas.

“It will make you more prepared under all circumstances,” she said.

Arnav Rajashekara would like to attend MIT, study Computer Science and eventually work in Artificial Intelligence.

“Enjoy high school while it lasts. Everyone always says it to the younger kids, and when you’re young you don’t really think about it, but it really passes before you blink your eyes. Enjoy all this time and live in the moment,” Rajashekara said.

Elle Sampson would like to pursue a degree in mechanical or industrial engineering, and recommended that younger students work hard to find a good balance between schoolwork, athletics, and relationships.

Christopher would like to show studying psychology in college.

“Find a way to incorporate your passion into your classroom! It’ll make everything so much easier,” said Tubin.

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