The Honors College at UT Dallas

Terry Scholars, Class of 2013

The 2013 class of Terry Scholars at UT Dallas includes the following freshmen and transfer students:

Freshmen Terry Scholars


Pranati Ahuja, Plano East Senior High School, Plano
Pranati Ahuja, a three-year graduate and AP Scholar with distinction, is a National Merit Commended Scholar and a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Program. Ahuja was the president of Junior World Affairs Council and senior officer of the French Club. She has interned with the City of Plano Environment and Sustainability Department. Ahuja has participated in the Sri Hemkunt Foundation and Sikh Youth Federation International Speech Symposium, reaching international qualifier in 2010 and Texas Regional Winner in 2011. She received the Certificat D’honneur for her French exam score and was awarded the Excellence in French Award. Ahuja completed research projects for the Dallas Regional Science Fair, and has volunteered more than 400 hours for the Salvation Army Angel’s Tree and Akshaya Patra, a non-profit charity organization. She plans to major in biochemistry.


Alexis Alba, Plano East Senior High, Plano
Alexis Alba plans to major in biochemistry. As her high school soccer team’s goalkeeper for four years, Alba was named to the All-District first team and selected Most Valuable Player in her senior year. She was a member of HOSA, Habitat for Humanity and National Honor Society. As co-chair for Autism Speaks of North Texas, Alba recruited 80 volunteers and raised more than $20,000 for autism research. She was selected for the Lead America Leadership Conference at Stanford University in 2011. Alba is a scholarship recipient of the American Association of University Women and Altrusa International, an international nonprofit that serves local communities.


Kevin Allen, Westwood High School, Austin
Kevin Allen received the Westwood Academic Achievement Award from 2010 through 2012. He was co-founder and secretary of the Photography and Cinematography Club and a member of the Robotics Club. He performed in the band for two years as a member of the percussion section. He volunteered more than 60 hours for the South by Southwest Festival in Austin during his senior year. Allen will major in electrical engineering.


Andrea Alvarez, Rockwall-Heath High School, Rockwall
National Hispanic Scholar and AP Scholar Andrea Alvarez was accepted into the Collegium V Honors Program and plans to double major in accounting and finance. She was president of the Spanish National Honor Society and the Spanish Club, vice president of Crime Stoppers, chair of Youth and Government, and secretary of Mu Alpha Theta. As president of the Teen Advisory Council at the Rockwall County Library, Alvarez volunteered close to 1,000 hours and was awarded the “Most Volunteer Hours Completed” certificate for five consecutive years. Alvarez also was vice president of the Sixth Floor Museum Youth Advisory Committee. She was awarded the prestigious Texas Governor School Certificate of Achievement to attend UNT for three weeks in 2011. Alvarez received a grant from the National Association of Black Accountants to participate in the 2013 Summer Business Institute Program at SMU.


Kaitlyn Block, Kingwood High School, Kingwood
Kaitlyn Block is a certified nursing assistant. She placed second in nursing assisting at the HOSA state competition, where she also competed in clinical nursing and extemporaneous speaking. Block assisted with the National Leadership Conference as a Courtesy Corp in her junior year. She was elected vice president of HOSA her senior year, and due to her success at various HOSA competitions, she received the National Honor Society Leadership Award. Block also was a member of the National Spanish Honor Society and a Challenge Day participant. She plans to major in neuroscience.


Micah Brouwer, Lutheran High North, Houston
Salutatorian Micah Brouwer will major in mechanical engineering. He received his school’s highest award, the Pro Deo et Schol Award for outstanding leadership, academics, community involvement and character. He also received the Technology Award, Science Award and the President’s Award for outstanding academics. Brouwer played for his high school’s soccer team for four years, and was captain his senior year. He mentored incoming freshmen and attended the Junior Statesmen of America convention, where he debated about politics and government. His service projects included clean-up work after Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and community clean-up efforts in Alabama and Georgia.


Sohyun Cho, iSchool High School, Lewisville
AP Scholar Sohyun Cho plans to major in business administration. Cho founded and served as president of her high school’s Spanish Club. She was secretary for National Honor Society and Student Council. As keyboard leader of her church’s youth band, Cho has performed for Alzhemier’s patients at locations in Dallas, including Arbor House, where she planned events and activities for the patients that included weekly painting sessions. Since 2008, Cho has been a crew leader, assisting with Vacation Bible School programs in New Mexico and Arizona.


Elizabeth Cox, Dr. Ralph H. Poteet High School, Mesquite
Elizabeth Cox plans to major in neuroscience and is a National Merit Commended Scholar. Cox held the rank of staff sergeant, sergeant first class and major in JROTC. She oversaw battalion staff, was an advisor to the battalion commander and participated in the Wounded Warriors Project. Cox was awarded the U.S. Army Recruiting Command Award for outstanding achievements and contributions to the JROTC Program, and also the Military Officers Association of America Award. She was a member of the concert band and was Band Member of the Year her sophomore year. In her senior year, Cox founded the Tactical Gaming Society. In a UIL District competition, she placed first in literary criticism and second in ready writing.


Ananya Das, Hebron High School, Carrollton
Ananya Das is an AP Scholar with distinction and was selected to the prestigious UT-PACT Program. Das was founder and president of her high school’s UNICEF club. She was secretary for her high school’s book club and served on the electoral committee for Student Council, earning the Distinguished Member Award three consecutive years. Das was a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and DECA. As team leader for the Baylor Medical Center Junior Volunteer Program, Das instructed volunteers on hospital safety codes. She volunteered more than 250 hours at Baylor Medical Center, Carrollton Public Library and through UNICEF, for which she earned the Kohl’s Cares Award for outstanding volunteer efforts. She plans to major in biology.


Colton Hattersley, Gregory Portland High School, Portland
Colton Hattersley was very active in debate and moot court. He was the debate team captain for two consecutive years, winning first place in several district competitions. As a member of mock trial, Hattersley served as a lawyer and recently became a state qualifier. As vice president of Student Council, he planned numerous volunteer events for the senior class. Hattersley played French horn in his high school band and held numerous leadership positions, including vice president his senior year. He twice received a superior rating in the UIL Region and solo ensemble performance. Hattersley was president and council member in his local 4-H club. He plans to major in political science.


Eduardo Hernandez, Creekview High School, Carrollton
Eduardo Hernandez is an AP Scholar with distinction and a member of the National Honor Society. He was drumline co-captain and band leadership member for the Creekview High School concert and marching band. Hernandez won an award for outstanding percussive solo three consecutive years. He also was a member of his high school soccer team earning 2nd team All-District honorable mention. Hernandez plans to major in biology.


Hannah Hubbard, Allen High School, Allen
Hannah Hubbard was an All-State 5A swimmer and has been a swim instructor. As co-chair of Love Week, she organized a service project that raised money for a community member. As a leader of the Refuge Crew her senior year, Hubbard mentored middle school children. She was a member of National Honor Society and National French Honor Society. She earned the Certific D’Honneur for her score on the National French test. Hubbard received her church’s Commitment to Service Award and her high school’s Biology Excellence Award. She plans to major in political science.


Pranali Kamat, Allen High School, Allen
Pranali Kamat earned an International Baccalaureate Diploma and was accepted into the Collegium V Honors Program. A volunteer for the Lupus Association of North Texas, Kiwanis Key Club and Relay for Life, Kamat was selected for the competitive Summer Internship Volunteer Program at the Medical Center of Plano. As a board member for Love Week, she helped raise more than $7,000 for a local cancer patient. A Teen Advisory Board member for the Allen Public Library, Kamat also was active in HOSA, Science Club, National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. In UIL Academics, she was recognized for poetry interpretation and earned a first-place award for Excellence in Literature, along with several awards in fine arts competitions. Kamat plans to major in neuroscience.


Christian Kelly, Lewisville High School, Lewisville
Christian Kelly plans to major in math. Kelly was bass captain and co-drum captain for his high school band. He was vice president of National Honor Society and a member of the President’s Club and Spanish Club. In his junior year, Kelly was selected for the North Texas Council on Youth Leadership. He has participated in several mission trips with his church youth group.


Savannah Lee, Cedar Park High School, Cedar Park
Savannah Lee has earned the Girl Scout Silver Award for organizing a 100-hour community service project, and the Ten Year Girl Scout Award. She also received the Presidential Service Award for volunteering more than 200 hours, helping organizations such as Church Under the Bridge and Bags of Grace, and tutoring math students at her high school. She has volunteered more than 300 hours for Hill Country Pantry, which provides food to needy families. Lee was her high school band’s drumline section leader for two years and earned a superior rating in the UIL Solo three years. She was president of Mu Alpha Theta and vice president of Texas Future Music Educators. Lee received the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship award for leadership and commitment to her community. She will major in speech pathology and audiology.


Emily Luth, Captain John L. Chapin High School, El Paso
Emily Luth graduated from the engineering magnet program at her high school and plans to major in biomedical engineering. Luth played on the soccer team and was captain for three years. She will play for the UT Dallas women’s soccer team. She was a band member and served as historian and section leader in her senior year. As secretary of the Technology Student Association, Luth will attend nationals for construction renovation for the second year in a row. She regularly volunteers at Las Palmas Medical Center, organizing patient charts.


Sana Merchant, Ranchview High School, Irving
Sana Merchant graduated with the International Baccalaureate Diploma and was selected for the Collegium V Honors Program. Merchant was a Girls Scouts group leader her senior year and received the Girl Scout Gold Award for providing low-income families with safety information. She received the Presidential Service Gold Award for community service of more than 100 hours for four consecutive years. As junior facilitator for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar, Merchant addressed topics such as bullying with North Texas students. She was a member of National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. Merchant organized a fundraiser for Special Olympics, held leadership positions in orchestra and Leo’s Club, and was a Student Council member. She plans to major in biochemistry.


Chelsea Moore, Saltillo High School, Saltillo
Salutatorian Chelsea Moore plans to major in psychology. Moore played basketball and softball throughout high school and was co-captain of the basketball team her senior year. She received the 6th Man of the Year Award and was selected First Team All-District for both sports. Moore was a member of FCA and FCCLA and was president of Beta Club. She participated in Teen Court and the 4H club.


Cheyenne Moore, Caney Creek High School, Conroe
AP Scholar Cheyenne Moore was awarded the Outstanding Math and Science Senior Award. Moore was a member of the First Bank of Conroe Junior Board of Directors for two years and was chairman of the scholarship committee in her senior year. Moore was a member of the athletic training staff and received their Outstanding Leadership Award. As captain of speech and debate, Moore helped prepare teams for competitions. She was a member of AP Ambassadors, tutoring freshmen and volunteering at AP district events. Moore has completed an internship with Truth Chemical and plans to major in chemistry.


Samuel Nin, The Colony High School, The Colony
Samuel Nin is an AP Scholar and plans to major in electrical engineering. Nin was parliamentarian of the History Club, historian of National Honor Society and vice president of Mu Alpha Theta. Ranked seventh in his class, Nin was selected for the High School Hero Program, teaching science to local elementary school students and encouraging them to finish high school. Nin received the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation scholarship and was a Texas Boys State Member, which honors top high school leaders.


Gladys Ogeto, Texas Academy of Math and Science, Denton
Gladys Ogeto was the student keynote speaker for the recent Duke TIP Texas Recognition Ceremony at UNT. Ogeto participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at UT Houston. She received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Violet Richardson Award from the Soroptimist International Club of Dallas, which works to improve the lives of women. She was included in the National Honor Society of Collegiate Scholars and UNT Dean’s List. Ogeto was a mentor for Big Brother Big Sisters, and volunteered more than 200 hours for the Denton City Municipal Teen Court, Denton Camp Summit, Reach out and Read, and Harvest Goals Tutoring. Ogeto also served on Student Council. She conducted research in a cardio-respiratory developmental research lab and plans to major in chemistry.


Mengting “Tingting” Qiu, Plano Senior High School, Plano
AP Scholar Tingting Qiu plans to major in international business. Qiu was selected for the National Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) Choir in Washington, D.C., which supports music education and lifelong music making. A member of the Varsity Choir, she served as the Soprano II section leader earning a Superior I rating for solo and ensemble four consecutive years. She also was the ACDA National Choir Texas Representative. Qiu has been singing at weddings for several years. She also played on her high school’s basketball team and was a part of the district champions in her junior year. Qiu has taught Mandarin Chinese to school children in her local community.


Tiffany Sweet, Waxahachie Global High School, Waxahachie
Tiffany Sweet graduated magna cum laude from Navarro College with an associate’s degree in general science. She plans to major in arts and technology. Sweet received the Tenery Scholarship from her church. A member of her church’s youth worship team, Sweet plays guitar and sings. She also is a soloist for the adult chancel choir. Due to her success in engineering courses, Sweet was selected for Engineering Now, and helps promote engineering in the community. She interned and was the editorial clerk for the Waxahachie Daily Light Newspaper in her senior year. Sweet regularly leads Vacation Bible School classes around the state.


Nathan Tipsword, Plano Senior High School, Plano
Nathan Tipsword is an AP Scholar and plans to major in business administration. Tipsword was a member of the first graduating class of Young Men’s Service League, and was vice president and philanthropy chair. He was selected for his high school chamber singers and participated in varsity choir. Plano Senior High School is the only Texas high school selected to perform at the National Convention of American Choral Directors Association in 2013. Tipsword was inducted into the German Honor Society and competed in the German Club Winterfest State Competition, placing first and second in skit competitions and top 10 in reading. He volunteers for the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


Robert “Austin” Turner, Chapel Hill High School, Tyler
Austin Turner was selected for the University of Texas at Tyler’s SEED program through the American Chemical Society the summer before his senior year. Turner conducted research in the molecular biology lab and became a research assistant his senior year. He volunteered at the free medical Sharon Community Clinic, developing an electronic health record system. Turner worked with the Pet Pals Program at East Texas Medical Center and volunteered at the East Texas Food Bank. He volunteered more than 1,100 hours in high school. Selected for the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program with NASA in his junior year, Turner also was president of National Honor Society and vice president for Student Senate. He is a Lion’s Club District Scholarship recipient. Turner will major in biochemistry.

Transfer Terry Scholars


Madeline Aguilar, Murphy
Madeline Aguilar graduated with an associate of science degree from Collin College in May. Aguilar is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and earned inclusion on the Dean’s and President’s Lists in 2012 and 2013 respectively. She has worked as a records and sterilization technician for a local orthodontist since 2011. Aguilar will major in healthcare studies.


Timothy Boykin, Garland
Timothy Boykin plans to major in mechanical engineering. Boykin attended Richland College and BYU-Idaho before transferring to UT Dallas. He served as a full-time missionary for two years in Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese. He currently works at UPS and as an AVID Tutor for Plano ISD.


Elizabeth Bradford, Copperas Cove
Elizabeth Bradford graduated with an associate degree in general studies from Central Texas College in May. Bradford has been a substitute teacher for several years. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Bradford served as president of the Youth Female Organization. She will major in child development.


Rebecca Chrasta, St. Paul
Rebecca Chrasta has pursued a nursing degree at Collin College. Chrasta earned inclusion on the President’s List for two consecutive years. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Alpha Pi, a Success Networking Team. Chrasta has danced with the Allen Civic Ballet since 2006. She plans to major in healthcare studies.


Gerren Corprew, Balch Springs
Gerren Corprew plans to major in business administration. Corprew graduated with an associate of science degree with a field of study in business from Richland College in May. After working at Texas Instruments for several years as a preventive maintenance technician, Corprew currently is an information technology analyst at Quest Diagnostics. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa.


Adrian Green, Dallas
Adrian Green has attended Brookhaven College and Collin College and plans to major in electrical engineering at UT Dallas. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and earned placement on the Dean’s List. He is a strength and conditioning coach at Northwood Club in Dallas. He has also mentored several children in goal setting.


Kristin Jackson, Dallas
Kristin Jackson will major in interdisciplinary studies with a certificate in teaching at UT Dallas. She attended Richland and El Centro College. Jackson is very active in her church, serving as the children’s choir leader and sponsor leader with the youth choir. Jackson is currently a shift supervisor at a local Starbuck’s.


Ali Mansoor, Carrollton
Ali Mansoor has attended Brookhaven College since 2011. He plans to major in neuroscience at UT Dallas. As an astronomy lab assistant at Brookhaven, Mansoor worked with and supervised the use of telescopes and other instruments. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Mansoor currently is a teller at Bank of America.


Karina Perez, Mesquite
Karina Perez is a receptionist for AcroSports International. She graduated from Richland College with an associate of science degree in May. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and has volunteered at the Salvation Army and Beasley Elementary School. Perez plans to major in neuroscience.


Lucille Reddic, Dallas
Lucille Reddic has worked full-time as a sales and service associate at the United States Postal Service for 30 years. She attended Richland College prior to transferring to UT Dallas. Reddic volunteers with the children’s ministry at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church. She plans to major in accounting.


Blanca Rivera, Garland
Blanca Rivera graduated with an associate of science degree from Richland College in May, earning induction into Phi Theta Kappa. As a volunteer for Rising Star at Richland, Rivera assisted with job fairs and FAFSA workshops. Rivera is currently a teacher’s aide at Woodbridge Day School and will major in global business.


Adilene Romero, Dallas
Adilene Romero plans to major in speech pathology and audiology. She graduated with an associate of arts degree from El Centro College in May. A member of Phi Theta Kappa, Romero was the coordinator for the society’s annual faculty luncheon and coordinated its Spring Induction Ceremony for 100 new members. Romero currently works at American Airlines Center as a premium services concierge.


Dustin Rose, Dallas
Dustin Rose graduated with an associate of science degree with a field of study in business from El Centro College in May. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and earned inclusion on the President’s Honor Roll. Rose is a shift supervisor and trainer at a local Starbuck’s. He plans to major in accounting.


Rehan Shahid, Mount Pleasant
Rehan Shahid attended Northeast Texas Community College before transferring to UT Dallas. He served as a senator for Student Government and student ambassador for the Northeast Texas Community College Recruitment Committee. Shahid is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and was awarded the Gold National Congressional Award in 2013 for performing 180 hours of service. He plans to major in biology.


Alexis Silva, Happy
Alexis Silva plans to major in speech pathology and audiology. As a member of the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa, Silva graduated with an associate degree in social work from Amarillo College in May. She was recently selected by Amarillo College for the Outstanding Major for Social Work Award. Before moving to Dallas, Silva worked at Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital as a therapy tech and a vascular lab secretary. Silva has also worked at the Trinity Fellowship Church in their nursery and traveled to Mexico to help build homes.


Laura Solis, Dallas
Laura Solis has worked full-time as a pharmacy technician at DaVita Rx since 2006. She has volunteered for the North Texas Food Bank and tutored youth. Solis organized service projects as vice president for Phi Theta Kappa. She attended North Lake College before transferring to UT Dallas. Solis plans to major in speech pathology and audiology.


Melchor Tijerina, Dallas
Melchor Tijerina plans to major in electrical engineering. He graduated with an associate of science degree from Richland College in May. Tijerina interned with the Engineering Business and Technology Department at Richland College for two years. He received the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Institute Scholarship last year. He is also the founder and president of Future Extreme Engineers, the first engineering organization at Richland. He was a student leader for the African American, Latino Male Student Success Initiative Program, which mentors minority men, and he is member of Phi Theta Kappa.


Molly Vaughan, Dallas
Molly Vaughan graduated with an associate of arts degree from Brookhaven College in May. As vice president for Brookhaven Student Government, Vaughan integrated community organizations with student government. She was selected as one of two Brookhaven College representatives to the American Student Association of Community Colleges and attended their national conference in Washington, D.C., in 2012. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and was the first recipient of the Pat Murray Scholarship. Vaughan plans to major in economics.


Kwentoria Williams, Dallas
Kwentoria Williams plans to major in healthcare studies. She attended Houston Baptist University (HBU) before transferring to UT Dallas. Williams served on the Women’s Advisory Council at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, for two years. She was a resident assistant and student worker for the Career and Calling Department at HBU. She was the recipient of HBU’s Founder’s and Achievement Awards and earned placement on the Dean’s List her freshman year.