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Troy Bolus

GPA: 4.5

School Activities/Clubs: track, Photography Club

Community: peer tutor, Illumination Foundation

Awards/Honors: Most Valuable Player varsity track 2012, Best Varsity Jumper 2010-11

Hobbies/Interests: guitar, golf, skiing, founded College Peg-Com

College Plans: UCLA

Scholarships: none

CdM Experience: Loved it!

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Valerie Chang

GPA: 4.91

School Activities/Clubs: 15 APs, Ordinary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra with BYU, World Love Organization (president), National Honor Society, softball, cross-country

Community: Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, playing piano at senior citizen housing with MSSL, charity trips to orphanages in Peru, Mexico, Cambodia and Vietnam

Awards/Honors: second-degree black belt in kung fu, gold and silver medalist in international kung fu competition in China, certificate of merit Level 10 in piano, National AP Scholar, third-place team for Chemistry Olympiad

Hobbies/Interests: hiking, reading, traveling, stargazing

College Plans: Stanford University

Scholarships: UC Berkeley Regents

CdM Experience: It's been a great six years! Thank you for the encouragement and support that set me on the right path to greater success. I am proud to be a CdM student and I hope in the future CdM will be proud of me.

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Sophia Chen

GPA: 4.69

School Activities/Clubs: varsity tennis, National Honor Society board member and project coordinator, UNICEF Club vice president, four years of Academic Decathlon, Junior Statesmen of America, AP World History, AP Calculus BC, AP U.S. History, AP English Language, AP French Language, AP Chemistry, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Economics, AP Art History, AP English Literature, AP Physics

Community: Newport Beach Public Library Summer Reading Program volunteer, Irvine Chinese School volunteer, peer tutoring, AP World essay grader, community piano recitals, assistant piano teacher

Awards/Honors: National Merit Scholarship finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction, California Scholarship Federation all semesters, ACS Award for AP Chemistry, participated in first year and second year Chemistry Olympiads sophomore and junior year, CdM Academic Letter with Honors, Principal's Honor Roll all semesters, Coach's Award for tennis senior year, All-County Second Team, PCL Sportsmanship Award, JV League Singles Champion sophomore year, various medals including first in math for Academic Decathlon, piano certificate of merit Advanced Level with Honors, Panel Competition Senior

Hobbies/Interests: origami

College Plans: California Institute of Technology; Cornell; UCLA for electrical engineering

Scholarships: Regents and other academic scholarships from multiple UCs, USC University Scholarship

CdM Experience: I had a great experience at CdM. The AP classes were a bit challenging, but I learned a lot and had some really good teachers. I liked playing with the tennis team and being a part of various clubs, which improved my leadership skills

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Darya Fadavi

GPA: 4.76

School Activities/Clubs: president and founder of Kids Konnected Club, Academic Decathlon, chapter coordinator of Junior Statesmen of America, National Honor Society, Philosophy Club, World Love Organization, varsity cross-country runner, track and field, Be the Match Club, weekend Farsi school, piano, AP Biology, AP U.S. History, AP Spanish Language, AP English Language, AP Calculus BC, AP World History, AP American Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP English Literature and Composition

Community: Kids Konnected youth counselor, teacher's assistant for Farsi class, volunteer for Pacific Symphony Orchestra, worked in Nicholas Salzameda's biochemistry lab at Cal State Fullerton, 400-plus hours of community service

Awards/Honors: National Merit Scholarship, AP Scholar with Distinction, California Scholarship Federation seven semesters, Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, Academic Letter with Honors, Corona del Mar Spanish Achievement Award, Principal's Honor Roll seven semesters, Sea King Pride Award, Corona del Mar Faculty Award, "600" Club Award STAR test

Hobbies/Interests: painting, swimming, snorkeling, traveling, reading, piano

College Plans: accepted to Johns Hopkins University, UC Berkeley, USC, UCLA, UCSD and UCI to major in bioengineering

Scholarships: National Merit Scholarship, UC Regents Scholarship at Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD and UCI

CdM Experience: I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Corona del Mar. CdM taught me a lot about myself and what kind of person I want to become, and I am extremely grateful for this. Everyone here, the students as well as the teachers and staff, are remarkable people, and I couldn't have asked for a better high school experience.

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Meredith Fleming

GPA: 4.51

School Activities/Clubs: Music Council junior and senior year (co-president senior year), National Honor Society junior and senior year (secretary senior year), pep band seventh grade to senior year, jazz band eighth grade to junior year, first chair alto saxophone eighth grade to junior year, junior varsity track freshman and sophomore year, junior varsity cross-country sophomore year, frosh-soph basketball with Coach's Award freshman year, co-teach AP Chemistry 2012-13, AP European History, AP Language and Composition, AP Latin, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus BC, AP Literature, AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics

Community: piano accompanist for church part-time sophomore year, full-time junior and senior years, service on various church committees freshman through junior years, volunteer at Pomona Elementary School with National Honor Society junior and senior years, high school chemistry tutor

Awards/Honors: AP Scholar with Distinction, Academic Letter with Honors junior year, Magna Cum Laude on National Latin Exam sophomore year, selected to participate in Chemistry Olympiad Exam junior year and the American Chemical Society Exam sophomore year, various music department awards such as soloist, leadership, extra service and five years of service given junior year, engineering award, California Scholarship Federation, Piano Certificate of Merit, Level 10; Latin Student Award junior year

Hobbies/Interests: piano, saxophone, guitar, organ, cello, Johns Hopkins University Engineering Innovation class, intern at the Civil Engineering Lab at CSUF

College Plans: Duke University, major in mechanical engineering with a certificate in aerospace engineering and a minor in computer science

Scholarships: going through the process for other independent scholarships

CdM Experience: I have learned a lot here at CdM and I am grateful for all of the wonderful teachers I have had. One of my favorite experiences at CdM has been co-teaching AP Chemistry with Ms. Ngo during the 2012-13 school year.

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Nick Furgatch

GPA: 4.46

School Activities/Clubs: cross-country and track for four 4 years

Community: volunteer for THINK Together's Summer Program at Monte Vista Elementary School

Awards/Honors: National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar with Honor

Hobbies/Interests: guitar, piano, drums, bass, writing and recording songs

College Plans: Boston University, School of Management Honors Program, or USC

Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship from Boston University, Presidential Scholarship from USC

CdM Experience: I think the support system at CdM is great. The counselors are genuinely interested in getting to know you and helping to guide you through high school, mine especially: Mrs. Hath and the teachers are also willing to go beyond what's expected of them to be there for their students.

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Rudy Garcia

GPA: 4.73

School Activities/Clubs: National Honor Society, Youth & Government, Mock Trial, Philosophy Club

Awards/Honors: Delegate of the Year for Youth & Government 2011-12, Rennselear Medal, National AP Scholar, National Hispanic Recognition Scholar

Hobbies/Interests: guitar, bass, drums, video games, programming

College Plans: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) majoring in physics with a minor in political science

Scholarships: Crazip. Tech

CdM Experience: CdM's breadth of extracurricular activities allowed me to find myself. I'm also thankful for them allowing me to skip or self-teach classes.

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Eli Kiani

GPA: 4.56

School Activities/Clubs: Junior Statesmen of America, Youth & Government, Mock Trial, Just for Kicks, League of Gentlemen

Community: Balboa Island Yacht Club,

Awards/Honors: Honor Roll, AP Scholar with Distinction

Hobbies/Interests: poems, quoting things from movies and TV shows, telling jokes

College Plans: Undecided

Scholarships: TBD

CdM Experience: Met some good people, learned some good things and learned to be myself.

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Preston Kim

GPA: 4.49

School Activities/Clubs: Junior Statesmen of America, boys' tennis for four years

Community: church small group leader, mission trips to Malawi, Thailand and Costa Rica, raised $30,000 to build wells and fight malaria in Malawi

Awards/Honors: Princeton Book Award, AP Scholar with Distinction, Academic Letter with Honors

Hobbies/Interests: reading, fishing, tennis

College Plans: University of Pennsylvania

Scholarships: Regents Scholarships for UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis

CdM Experience: I had a great experience at CdM. I always loved the balance the school has between sports and academics. There are a ton of different clubs and activities that I got involved with, like JSA, which opened my eyes to new interests. The teachers here have such passion for their respective subjects, which always makes the classroom experience better. CdM has been the place where I have matured, grown and become the person I am today.

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Meredith Kline

GPA: 4.3

School Activities/Clubs: Peer Assistance Leadership, yearbook, sailing, Youth & Government board member, AP World History, AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, AP U.S. History, AP Spanish Language, AP Government, AP Economics, AP Physics C, AP English Literature, AP Art History and AP Calculus BC

Community: UC Irvine Pre-Med Shadowing Program, Tikkun Olam vice president at the Bureau of Jewish Education, Young Philanthropy, tutor

Awards/Honors: Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest, first place in chapter, "600" Club Perfect Score Award in Geometry and Biology, EI Moore Award in Leadership, California Scholarship Federation Gold Seal Bearer, Principal's Honor Roll seven semesters, AP Scholar with Distinction, Academic Lamp with Highest Honors

Hobbies/Interests: medicine, traveling, reading

College Plans: University of Pennsylvania

Scholarships: N/A

CdM Experience: Upon coming to CdM in seventh grade, I was determined to do well, but more importantly to become involved. With so many different opportunities on campus, it was difficult to find my niche. After investigating the myriad of school activities freshman year, I immersed myself in a wide range of extracurriculars. My involvement on campus and dedication to my studies in the classroom has allowed me to meet so many incredible people and to benefit from all that the faculty at CdM has to offer.

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Mason Lyle

GPA: 4.56

School Activities/Clubs: HRC, president, secretary of Yelling, CdM Ultimate Club, Philosophy Club, Youth & Government

Community: city of Newport Beach Youth Council chair, Orange County Human Relations intern, Irvine Democratic Headquarters volunteer, UC Irvine Gifted Student's Academy, instructor, Environmental Action Corps volunteer

Awards/Honors: AP Scholar with Honors, Senator of the Year, Youth & Government, magna cum laude National Latin Exam

Hobbies/Interests: author of "Withering Harmony," neuroscience, kayaking

College Plans: UCLA for political science and neuroscience

Scholarships: Cal Grant Merit Award Scholarship

CdM Experience: CdM has allowed me to academically challenge myself while also developing my intellectual interests, such as becoming active in the movements for social justice and scientific literacy while also writing and publishing the novel "Withering Harmony."

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Shea O'Hill

GPA: 4.53

School Activities/Clubs: tennis co-captain, National Honor Society, peer tutoring sophomore through senior year

Community: Newport Beach Mayor's Youth Council, Boys & Girls Club volunteer, Laura's House Children's Program volunteer, Surfrider Foundation beach cleanups, Friday Night Club, Endangered Elephant Conservation in Thailand and U.S.

Awards/Honors: Academic Letter with Honors, Principal's Honor Roll, AP Scholar with Honors, California Scholarship Federation all eight semesters, Gold Seal Bearer candidate

Hobbies/Interests: traveling, writing, tennis, working with children

College Plans: Cornell University

Scholarships: Discus Award Finalist

CdM Experience: I have really enjoyed and will cherish my four years at CdM. I have been able to become involved, try new things and meet wonderful people. I am confident that my education and skills I have received from CdM will prepare me for college. I will always be grateful to my school.

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Ryon Sabouni

GPA: 4.54

School Activities/Clubs: Youth & Government, Peer Assistance Leadership, Local Conservation Club, Student-Athlete Leadership Council soccer representative, Super Sports Club president

Community: Special Camp for Special Kids, Daily Pilot Cup soccer coach

Awards/Honors: Academic Letter with Honors, Boys State Delegate

Hobbies/Interests: fishing, beach

College Plans: UCLA or UC Berkeley

Scholarships: Toshiba Classic Finalist, Newport Harbor Exchange Club Youth of the Year

CdM Experience: I wouldn't have had it any other way.

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Malcolm Su

GPA: 4.7

School Activities/Clubs: National Honor Society, Junior Statesmen of America, Philosophy Club vice president, UNICEF Club secretary, World Love Organization vice president, Kidz Connected Club secretary, Yellow Ribbon Club vice president, AP World History, AP Latin, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP U.S. History, AP English Language, AP Calculus BC, AP English Literature, AP Government/Economics, AP Environmental, AP Studio Art and AP Statistics

Community: Hoag Hospital Junior Auxiliary, peer tutoring, grading AP World History essays, Spirit Run

Awards/Honors: Academic Letter with Honors, Principal's Honor Roll, Bausch & Lomb, American Chemical Society for AP Chemistry, 39th annual CdM Home Tour Cover Designer, AP Scholar with Distinction

Hobbies/Interests: painting, drawing, origami, piano

College Plans: undecided among UCLA, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University and Brown University

Scholarships: Regents and Academic Scholarships from various colleges

CdM Experience: I have learned valuable lessons in life and met many influential teachers and friends that I will never forget from this school.

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Tara Zahed

GPA: 4.52

School Activities/Clubs: lacrosse, Yellow Ribbon Foundation Club founder and president, Academic Decathlon, AP World History, AP Calculus BC, AP Spanish, AP Biology, AP English Language, AP Environmental, AP Statistics, AP Art History

Community: Hoag Hospital Junior Auxiliary, American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, peer tutoring, Hospice Care of the West

Awards/Honors: Academic Letter with Honors, California Scholarship Foundation, Gold Seal Bearer, Principal's Honor Roll, "600" Club Perfect Score Award, AP Scholar Award

Hobbies/Interests: reading, teaching and playing piano, skiing, traveling abroad and learning about different cultures

College Plans: undecided among UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Berkeley

Scholarships: N/A

CdM Experience: Made long-lasting friendships, enjoyed the challenging academic environment, a lot of kind and helpful teachers, many opportunities to get involved in the community, easy to fit in and make friends.

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