Kelsey Bay Christensen
School Activities/Clubs: tennis: three-year varsity letter winner, co-captain, CIF Divisions 2 Finalists, Sunset League Champions, fourth-place Sunset League Individuals — Doubles, All Sunset League, Coaches Award; John Wayne Cancer Foundation Club, founder and president; Autism Awareness Club; National Honor Society; AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Calculus AB, AP Language, AP Literature, AP Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, AP European History; studied biology of human diseases at UCI
Community: peer tutor; tutor weekly at Harbor Day School; Team Duke — fundraised $2,000 for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation so far; volunteered at events with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation; Friday Night Club; junior sailing instructor
Awards/Honors: National Merit Scholarship finalist, AP Scholar with Honor, Student of the Year Health sophomore year, Student of the Semester Spanish 4 senior year, Student of the Semester AP Chemistry junior year, Student of the Year Nominee English junior year, Student of the Year Nominee Science junior year, Top NHHS scorer on the Chemistry Olympiad Exam, CIF Scholar Athlete sophomore to senior year, California Scholarship Federation all four years, Principal's Honor Roll all four years
Hobbies/Interests: tennis, triathlon, training for a half Ironman, physician shadowing
College Plans: Northwestern University Honors Program in Medical Education
NHHS Experience: When we beat San Marino in the CIF Semifinals in 2011 after losing to them in the finals the prior year. It was a great affirmation of the countless hours of sweat we had put in on the courts and of the great cohesive unit we had become!
School Activities/Clubs: Teenage Republicans all four years, president senior year, secretary junior year; Autism Awareness Club co-founder and co-president; FIMRC founder; Da Vinci movie; AP European History, AP U.S. History, AP Government and Politics, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Computer Science, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Literature, AP Language
Community: FIMRC medical volunteer in Alajuelita, Costa Rica; worked as a volunteer in a free medical clinic serving Nicaraguan refugees; Novice Crew Camp volunteer sophomore and junior year; Hoag Hospital volunteer sophomore and junior year; Mariners Church volunteer sophomore and junior year; Friday Night Club volunteer sophomore to senior year
Awards/Honors: valedictorian, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Commended Scholar, ACS Award, Math Student of the Year nominee junior year, Academic Excellence Award sophomore and junior years, Principal's High Honor Roll all four years
Hobbies/Interests: surfing, guitar, basketball, teaching myself Japanese, snowboarding, running, throwing cards
College Plans: I'm trying to decide among USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship from USC, Regents Scholarship from UC Santa Barbara
NHHS Experience: Definitely it was participating in the Mr. Newport competition. I had so much fun getting up on the stage and making a fool of myself along with all of the other guys who participated. And it gave me a semi-legitimate excuse for wearing my top hat and monocle.