Jamison Searles

GPA: 4.5882

School Activities/Clubs: National Honor Society, Junior Statesmen of America, Beacon staff writer, AP Biology, AP European History, English IB, Spanish IB, AP Calculus AB, AP Physics C: Mechanics, Environmental Systems IB, AP U.S. History, Theory of Knowledge, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Calculus BC, Chemistry IB, Psychology IB, HistAmer IB

Community: candy striper at Hoag Hospital, junior naturalist at Environmental Nature Center, National Charity League

Awards/Honors: National Merit Scholar, National AP Scholar, HOBY Leadership Award, President's Volunteer Service Award

Hobbies/Interests: knitting

College Plans: Stanford

Scholarships: Disneyland Scholarship finalist

NHHS Experience: Olympic Park Institute Field Studies trip to Washington


Dana Siegel

GPA: 4.3896

School Activities/Clubs: Junior Statesmen of America Newport Harbor Chapter president, Cabinet member, The Pro Voice editor-in-chief, Share Our Selves president, Beacon editorials/opinion editor, Advertising and Fundraising Committee, cartoonist, Newport Beach Mayor's Youth Council, People to People World Leadership Forum state representative in Washington, D.C., partner in private hedge fund The Valedictory Groupe, crew coxswain at the Newport Aquatic Center, AP European History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP U.S. History, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English Language and Composition, AP Biology, AP Government and Politics, AP Computer Science A

Community: tutor, environmental conservation activist, Orange County Rescue Mission volunteer

Awards/Honors: valedictorian, Academic Letter, Honor Roll , Student of the Semester English, Student of the Semester Science, Student of the Year nominee twice, Superstar Essay Award, Award for Academic Excellence, Principal's Honor Roll, Pins and Letter for Top Academic Excellence, JSA Best Speaker, AP Scholar with Distinction Award, California Scholarship Federation, eligible in the Local Context by the University of California system, GATE, National Society Daughters of American Revolution - Good Citizenship Medal and Character Award

Hobbies/Interests: art, debate, politics, math, finance, writing

College Plans: UCLA, UC San Diego, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Wellesley College, Columbia University or the University of Chicago

Scholarships: Herff Jones "Believe In U" Scholarship (still pending), Tikkun Olam Scholarship (still pending), Balboa Bay Club Scholarship (still pending), Toshiba Scholarship (still pending), STRIDE Honors Scholar Scholarship from Smith College, Leadership and Honors Scholar Scholarship from Mount Holyoke College

NHHS Experience: My most memorable high school experience was the six to eight hours I spent with SOS volunteers distributing free backpacks filled with school supplies to nearly 1,000 young students. Often, when adults came in for food or goods their gratitude was tempered with a sometimes embarrassed, self-conscious attitude, but on this distribution day, there was no mistaking the pleasure and excitement on the faces of the children and their parents, thrilled with shiny new backpacks, pens, pencils, rulers, etc. Little girls ran around, smiling and laughing, wearing backpacks three-times their size. Of course they were excited with their brand-new, "grown-up" gear and perhaps more importantly I think we were able to plant the seeds of a positive attitude toward education.