With graduation a month away, the Top 10 Friendswood High School graduates have been named. The Friendswood Chamber of Commerce honored the group for their academic success on Thursday, April 25, at the Green Event Center.
Valedictorian for the Class of 2019 is Thomas Hamre. During his time at FHS, Hamre was a part of the Boys Basketball team, Student Council and the National Honor Society. He received the following accolades: Second Team All-District for Basketball, AP Scholar with Distinction and was a National Merit Finalist. He will be attending Rice University this fall and will major in biology.
Emily Epperson is the FHS Salutatorian. Epperson is a part of the National Honor Society and Student Council and she is a senior officer on the Wranglerette Drill Team. Awards she has won include being the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals award recipient, 2017 Texas State National Solo Dance Champion and a National Merit Commended Scholar. She will attend the University of Notre Dame and plans to major in pre-med.
Benjamin Kuo is third in the Top 10. He is a part of the band, NHS, Air Force Association’s Cyberpatriots, UIL Academics, Latin Club and the Computer Science Club. He was a National Merit Finalist, summa cum laude in the National Latin Examination for five years, and the recipient of the Maureen O’Donnell Oxford Classical Dictionary Award. Kuo plans to attend the University of Washington in the fall and major in bioengineering.
Kyle Flick spent his time in high school involved with Debate, Swim, Water Polo and Boy Scouts. He earned the titles of National Forensics League Academic All-American and National Merit Finalist. In the fall, Flick plans on attending the University of Texas at Austin to major in finance.
Jingyun Chen was an active participant in the Recycling Club, UIL Spelling, Spanish Club, National Spanish Honor Society, Creative Writing Club, NHS and Math and Science Club. She received the following honors during her time in high school: AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Commended, Silver Medalist in the National Spanish Exam, Mu Alpha Theta, Houston Livestock Show Photography (7th place). Chen plans on attending the University of Texas at Austin to major in petroleum engineering.
Colin Madden spent his high school career being a part of the Boys Soccer Team, Recycling Club, Math and Science Club and NHS. He was a National Merit Commended Scholar. He will be following in his father’s footsteps by attending the University of Texas at Austin to major in aerospace engineering.
During his time at FHS, top-ten graduate Lucas Hopkins was a part of the Math and Science Club, Robotics Club and traveled with his ice hockey team. Hopkins earned prestigious awards such as AP Scholar with Distinction, National Spanish Exam Silver Medalist and Math Honor Society member. He will be attending Notre Dame in the fall to study statistics/actuarial science.
Fedor Aglyamov was a part of the FHS Theatre Company and participated in UIL One Act Plays and UIL Science. He is the recipient of the Kirkwood Family Scholarship, a National Merit Finalist and a Presidential Scholars candidate. He will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall to major in computer science.
Michael Hermes used his time in high school to participate in track and field, football, NHS and the English, Spanish and Technical Honor Societies. His accolades include first place in the FHS Science Fair, second place at the State Science and Engineering Fair, Houston Touchdown Club Athlete Scholar Finalist, Houston Chronicle Male Athlete of the Week, First-Team All-County and All-District for football, and ninth place in the Houston Rodeo Art competition. He plans on attending the University of Pennsylvania to major in neuroscience.
Sallianne Roher was a part of the Girls Basketball Team, NHS, National Spanish Honor Society and Peer Assistance and Leadership Program (PALS). She earned the following honors: National Spanish Exam Silver Medalist, Lady Mustang Basketball Award, AP Scholar with Distinction and won the crown as the FHS Homecoming Queen. Roher will attend the University of Houston Honors College in the fall to study biology.
The Chamber also honored Emily Epperson, Katherine Lichter and Phillip Tran with scholarships to be used to pursuing higher education.
FISD looks forward to seeing the successes of each graduate. The best is wished for all FHS graduates of 2019.