Elite Top 100

Hathhorn, Brooke

Hampton High School, 12

I plan to conjunctively study Mechanical Engineering & Business within the University Honors Program at either the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities or The Ohio State University.

Hebda, Hannah

Elizabeth Forward High School, 12

I hope to attend the United States Naval Academy after graduation and study quantitative economics. I would cherish this opportunity to continue to serve others by representing and serving my fellow Americans. Alternatively, I plan to attend a four year university to study economics and subsequently pursue my Juris Doctor degree. I wish to then be a positive contributor to my community by serving others as a public interest attorney.

Heidenreich, Luke

Montour High School, 11

As a Taekwondo instructor, I have learned that education is not simply one-sided. The teacher and the student must learn, adapt, and overcome uncomfortable situations together. This is a common goal shared by the Cultural Inclusivity Club at our school. We strive to combat the ignorance surrounding social stereotypes and strengthen the relationship between diverse groups of people. Using what I have learned from my experiences I plan to attend a four-year university to pursue Education.

Heidenreich, Catherine

Fox Chapel Area High School, 11

I plan to attend the University of Notre Dame as a biochemistry major and a poverty studies minor. I hope to take advantage of international learning opportunities in order to broaden my cultural awareness. I plan on attending medical school and becoming a pediatrician, with the hope of serving children and promoting good health in areas of poverty. I plan to continue to fight hunger through programs like my current Food Insecurity Project. I plan to continue music ministry in my church.

Henson, Morgan

Oakland Catholic High School, 12

I am planning to major in Criminal Justice and hopefully minor in Psychology at California University of Pennsylvania. While attending CALU, I would like to become a Delta and further help my community with B.Y.E. (black, young and educated). Travel around the world to learn about new cultures within the study aboard program. I hope to pursue a career in the criminal justice field and later become a criminal investigator.

Hoelke, Megan

Vincentian Academy, 12

I plan to pursue a degree in finance with a minor in economics. After graduating, I would like to work for a large corporation with a strong community involvement culture so that I can have a balance between capitalism and giving back. I hope to work my way up the corporate ladder and eventually become a CFO. I plan to continue to nurture the same volunteer work that I have started in high school and lend my business skills to other nonprofits that are involved in global economic recovery.

Hoffman, Sydney

Hempfield Area High School, 12

After graduation, I plan on attending a four-year university with a goal of double majoring in business and biology with a minor in French. I plan on continuing onto medical school to become an oncologist to help those in my community find a cure for cancer. I plan on keeping close to my family and loved ones throughout this endeavor and visit the beach often.

Hornsby, Lauren

Riverview Junior/Senior High School, 11

After graduation, I plan to attend a university or conservancy to study music performance. It is my goal to become a professional musician and share my love of music with others.

Huwar, Jessica

Oakland Catholic High School, 12

In high school, the opportunity to engage with professionals in science fields as well as participate in rigorous college-level chemistry and physics courses instilled in me a hunger for knowledge and a desire to impact my community in a positive, substantial way. I plan to pursue my intellectual curiosity to its fullest potential in college as a biochemistry student and use the knowledge I gain to improve the lives of others, such as in developing efficient and accessible pharmaceuticals.

Hyland, Dale

St. Joseph High School, 11

After high school, I hope to enter the seminary, and God-willing become a priest. This would be a great honor and blessing for me to fulfill my lifelong calling which I have been discerning since I have been eight years old. I love helping others and serving the Lord, so I believe that priesthood will be the right vocation for me to fulfill my God-given calling.

Jumba, Emily

Norwin High School, 12

I plan on majoring in history and minoring in Spanish next year. I am currently considering the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Duquesne University, and Gettysburg College. In college I hope to continue playing the violin and participating in Model UN. I completed my Gold Award project by creating a Monarch Butterfly Garden at my school and teaching other students about their importance to the environment. I hope to continue planting butterfly gardens and spreading awareness about them.

Kennedy, Karson

Central Catholic High School, 12

In less than five months I will complete graduate from Central Catholic High School. I plan to attend Howard University or North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and receive a bachelor’s degree in business or engineering. Along with obtaining a career in my field of study, I would like to help people and give back to the community. With a degree of higher learning, I would help others by teaching and sharing the knowledge and skills that I acquired from college.

Ketterer, Erik K

Riverview Junior/Senior High School, 12

I plan to attend a four-year university to study Statistics or Computer Science (B.S.). After graduating from university, I would like to work as a financial analyst, and eventually work my way up into management in a financial company. I will continue to perform volunteer service in various forms. I plan to live a city life in my twenties, and settle down soon after and start a family in a suburb or safe city-environment, and be active in my city politics and the lives of family.

Konopski, Michael

St. Joseph High School, 11

I have many diverse passions, and because of this, I have yet to narrow down my interests to a single career path. As I begin my college search, I am considering all institutions that offer degrees in any of the following: Architectural Design, Civil Engineering, History, Economics, Teaching, and Government and Public Policy.

Kozlowski, Jacob

Deer Lakes High School, 12

As a senior in high school, I plan to attend a university and pursue a degree in political science. This summer, I intend to be a volunteer and campaign in the 2020 Presidential Election. Over the next few years, my political involvement and education will, in my view, allow me to develop a career aligned with my passions of public service and government.

Kraeuter, Kayla

Serra Catholic High School, 12

I am interested in STEM, and I plan to attend a university to study biomedical engineering. I would like to further my education and focus on engineering in neuroscience and neuroimaging. Through my career, I hope to make a difference in the lives of many people and in the STEM field. I plan on continuing my volunteer efforts and dedicating my time to make a positive impact in the world.

Krill, Daniel

Pine-Richland High School, 12

Attend a four-year university beginning in Fall 2020.

Krishnaswamy, Raja

Agora Cyber Charter School, 12

I plan to earn my diploma and complete my two associate degrees in Math and Science and Software Development. I plan to continue volunteering and tutoring after my degrees are completed as well. I plan to go to complete my bachelor’s degree as well. I plan to also continue doing extracurricular activities.

Lawson, Kathryn

Ligonier Valley High School, 12

My future plans are to attend a four year institution for Clinical Psychology, and then continue my education at the doctoral level to earn a PsyD. in Clinical Child Psychology, specializing in working with children with special needs and who have experienced trauma. I want to open my own practice, at at some point travel to impoverished areas so that children who do not have the means to receive mental health care can get the help they need.

Lear, Mackenzee

Ligonier Valley High School, 12

I plan on attending the University of Pittsburgh main campus to study biomedical engineering and specialize in prosthesis. I would like to develop a prosthetic eye that can eventually carry out the same functions as a normal human eye because my grandfather had a stroke in his eye and can no longer participate in the same activities that he used to do. Also, I would like to design a limb that can help people that are paralyzed function again.

Lipnichan, Robert

St. Joseph High School, 11

After high school, I plan to pursue a degree in computer engineering. I would also like to explore origami mathematics/engineering. I desire to travel overseas and study in Japan. In addition, I will continue to serve my community and church.

Little, Anthony

Plum Senior High School, 12

It should be noted; I was the varsity quarterback of my school’s football team as a freshman and a sophomore. After my sophomore season, I was diagnosed with a genetic heart disease that ended my athletic career. 18 months later I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I have become an annual counselor at Children’s Hospital Heart Camp. It is a camp for younger children with heart disease. I will be attending PITT (main campus) as a Pre-Med. I want to be a pediatric cardiologist.

Lombardi, Julia

Baldwin High School, 12

My educational goal is to receive my doctorate degree in physical or occupational therapy, and my personal goal is to care for others as my life’s work. I am still in the process of deciding which college to attend.

Lotz, Jonah

Greater Latrobe Senior High School, 12

Following high school, I plan on attending a university to major in physics or astronomy, but I am still undecided as to where I will be going. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I intend to go to graduate school and acquire a Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics. My long term career plan is to perform cosmology research at any college or company where it is available, but my dream job is to end up doing that research at NASA.

Mangalmurti, Daevan

Pittsburgh Obama (The Barack Obama Academy of International Studies), 12

I plan to continue my education at Yale University in the fall. I will likely study either Ethics, Politics, and Economics or Global Affairs with the goal of working in conflict resolution focused on ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan in South Asia.