With graduation a month away, the Top 10 Friendswood High School students have been named. Each extremely active, there is not enough space to print everything they do in and out of school. Recently, the group was honored by the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce for their academic success.
Valedictorian for the Class of 2016 is Candise Tat. She will be attending Rice University this fall to major in Biology and minor in Business. She enjoys playing the piano and swimming. Tat is a National Merit Commended Scholar and received a perfect score on the ACT.
Mia Purdom is the FHS Salutatorian. She will attend Brown University and major in Computer Science and plans to become a programmer. She has been a member of the FHS Marching band all four years and served as the Drum Major for two of those years. Purdom is a National Merit Scholar, National Hispanic Scholar and AP Scholar.
Joseph Rasmussen is third in the Top 10. Rasmussen plans to pursue a dual major in Computer Science and Mathematics at UCLA. He is a two-year member of the Academic Decathlon team and was absent from the luncheon as he was attending the National Academic competition in Alaska. Rasmussen received a perfect ACT score. When not studying he enjoys origami and plays the violin.
Victor Liaw has chosen Biochemistry as his career choice and will be attending the University of Texas at Austin in the fall. He is a member of the All-State Band, two-time Social Studies state finalist in UIL Academics and HOSA state finalist.
Faatima Ovais will attend The University of Texas at Austin to major in Biochemistry. At FHS, she was a 4-year member of the Mighty Mustang Band, President of the Creative Writing Club and Editor of Literature Magazine. Ovais was a state qualifier in UIL Academic spelling competition and loves to write in her free time.
Ashley Cao is planning to study in the health profession at University of Houston. She is passionate about helping others and volunteers at the Red Cross Organization. She believes that with a positive attitude and diligent work ethic, one can work through any obstacle.
Megan Wade will attend the University of Houston to study Trumpet Performance. In 2015 she received a Tommy Tune Award for her work in Mary Poppins. This summer she will be traveling with the National Youth Orchestra of the US on a tour across Europe.
Rachel Cao plans to study pre-veterinary medicine at the University of Houston. She actively volunteers at an animal shelter and hopes to have her own animal clinic where she can “treat all animals with the love and respect they deserve.”
Selina Vickery will attend Ohio State University and study neuroscience. At FHS, she played four years on the Varsity soccer team, in the Wind Ensemble and was a member of Interact, Student Council, National Honor Society and Best Friends. She hopes to one-day work with Doctors Without Borders and bring medicine to help impoverished countries around the world.
Erin Janak will study Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University, College Station. While at FHS, she was a Recycling Club Leader, President of Friendswood 4H Club, team member UIL Academics Literary Criticism Team and is a National Merit Finalist. Janak will spend the summer studying abroad in Italy.
The Chamber also honored three seniors with a $1,000 scholarship. They were Erin Janak, Neha Narayan and Benjamin Strope.
FISD looks forward to seeing the successes of each graduate. The best is wished for all FHS graduates of 2016!