2013 High School Scholars

Fifteen female students were honored this Spring for their outstanding talent in science, technology or math. Students Lake Washington, BEST High School, Juanita High School, International Community School and Redmond High School were recognized by the Kirkland-Redmond AAUW branch and  family and friends at a reception.

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AAUW supports women and girls in equitable education and career opportunities, especially encouraging them in STEM fields.  The honorees, who were each nominated by their schools are:

International Community School (Kirkland)

Anne Li–nominated for Math–Another STEAM scholar with multiple talents, Anne is a writer/artist/musician with an affinity for languages. She is a dedicated runner who founded ICS’s running club. Anne is contemplating majors in computer science and finance.

Aishwarya Nirmal–nominated for Technology–Aishwarya, a swimmer and hospital volunteer, has a first place at National History Day to brag about. Her category was Senior Group Performance, and her partner was fellow scholar, Rachel Roberts. The title of their project was “Liberty and Justice for All: Gideon v. Wainwright’s Revolution in Courtroom Equality.” She plans to attend college.

Rachel Roberts–nominated for Science–The other half of the National History Day winning duo, Rachel has special interests in environmental science and chemistry. This national award winner is looking ahead to college.

Emerson High School (Kirkland)
Anna Villa–nominated for Math–Anna is a STEAM scholar–her achievement in art includes a scholarship to Pratt Fine Art Center and brings an added dimension to her accomplishments. She is a writer and is interested in aerial dance, horseback riding, and wrestling. Anna plans to become a novelist.

Lake Washington High School (Kirkland)

Michelle May–nominated for Math–Maintaining a 4.0 GPA through junior high and high school has landed Michelle on the High Honor Roll. She participates in soccer and track and field, is a member of the Key Club and National Honor Society, and volunteers at her church. Her future goals include attending university to pursue a degree in math or business.

Victoria Peskin–nominated for Technology–Victoria is a two-sport athlete participating in tennis and volleyball. She has been on the honor roll throughout high school and is a very active volunteer with the city of Kirkland where she has donated over 100 hours of her time. Victoria hopes to major in Engineering and has a particular interest in working with airplanes.

Anna Posthumus–nominated for Science–A member of the Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee, her high school band, and the National Honor Society, Anna is a Shakespeare fan who is interested in Forensic Anthropology. Her major goal in college in Physical Anthropology.

Juanita High School (Kirkland)

Stephanie Burd–nominated for Technology–Stephanie is an athlete who participates in badminton and golf. This scholar is also an honor student and she is active in state-level DECA, an international association of marketing students.  Stephanie plans to major in computer science.

Gloria Liu–nominated for Math–Gloria fills her days running on the track team, playing viola, volunteering at the aquarium, and participating in DECA at the state level, also qualifying for DECA internationals. She is WMEA all-state for viola, which means she is one of the finest musicians in our state. Gloria was a Junior Homecoming princess and she plan to major in Engineering.

Paula Pabustan–nominated for Science–This National Honor Society member is active in badminton, art, and the Multicultural Club. Paula has her sights set on the University of Washington where she plans to enroll in the Pre-Pharmacy program.



Redmond High School (Redmond)

Kamya Bijawat–nominated for Math–Kamya is a multi-talented scholar with many interests including photography, rowing, art, and community service. Her awards include Rotary Student of the Month and the Excellence in French Award. Medical school is on her horizon.

Kelsey Dunn–nominated for Technology–Another talented student/athlete, Kelsey has been named all-state in cross country and track, and all-KingCo in basketball. Her interests include reading and computer programming. She plans to attend a college where she can study economics and run on a cross-country team.

Nanditha Narasimman–nominated for Science–Nanditha is a scholar immersed in AP Bio, Anatomy and Physiology. Other interests include cross country, singing, and reading. She “worked with Systems Biology and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center-Dynamic DNA course by WANIC.” Not surprisingly, her future plans include the pre-med program at the University of Washington.

Eastlake High School (Sammamish)

Annie Spaulding–nominated for Technology–A flute player and volunteer at church and the American Cancer Society, Annie is also a member of the National Honor Society and holds leadership positions with her high school band and youth group. She is considering majors in music, science, or education, and hopes to study abroad.

Sarah Willson–nominated for Science–Sarah, an officer in both National Honor Society and Debate, is interested in public forum debate, travel and rowing. She looks forward to attending university, traveling, volunteering, and seeking science internships.