Richmond Scholars Class of 2025

Lindsey Abellard

Lindsey Abellard

Lindsey is from Naples, Florida, and graduated from Golden Gate High School. She is co-founder of Book Buddies Online, a program where high school students tutor elementary school students. Since 2019, she has worked to address the achievement gap in education, helping ethnic minorities and English language learners enhance their literacy skills. She is the recipient of the Young Women in Public Affairs Award and the Naples Branch winner for the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. She plans to major in healthcare studies and minor in biology.
Azif (Doro) Azizi

Azif (Doro) Azizi

Doro is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is a graduate of UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg, Germany. Having left home to study abroad once, he is excited to continue expanding his horizons at UR. During his gap year prior to college, he coordinated camps and workshops for local Malaysian youth from homogenous backgrounds to address discrimination through empathy building and critical engagement. Doro plans to study anthropology.
Ben Cudmore

Ben Cudmore

Ben is from Vienna, Virginia, and graduated from McLean High School. He has directed, written, and acted in plays, been on the varsity swim team, and played cello in his high school symphony orchestra. He has also organized donations for his local food pantry where he volunteers. Benjamin received training from the British American Drama Academy (BADA), Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, and his high school. During the past year and a half, he was one of the first actors to be in a "Drive Thru Drama" as well as pioneer other pandemic adapted performance styles. Benjamin plans to major in theatre and minor in psychology or visual arts.

Naomi DeClerck

Naomi DeClerck

Naomi graduated from Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai, California in 2020 with an IB diploma. While at Villanova, they captained the Mock Trial team, ran the lighting board for school drama productions, and worked at the local public library. They also spent sophomore year living and studying in Valencia, Spain. They are currently finishing a gap year working at a pathology lab in Los Angeles. Naomi plans to major in cognitive science and literature with emphasis on linguistics and literary depictions of resistance movements.

Paige Delsa

Paige Delsa

Paige is from Mandeville, Louisiana, and graduated from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, a public, residential high school in Natchitoches, Louisiana. At LSMSA, she was president of the Student Government Organization (SGO), founded and ran the school’s science newsletter, and was an avid powerlifter. She has pursued a range of research opportunities, including working with the oceanography department at the Naval Research Laboratory (Stennis Space Center, MS) to working with a materials informatics lab. Delsa plans to major in physics and mathematics.s.

Selena Deng

Selena Deng

Selena is from Wilmette, Illinois, and graduated from New Trier High School. She is the outreach director of Best Step Tutoring, an online tutoring nonprofit; she also serves as a K-12 tutor. Selena is principal flute of New Trier's Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, plays in the Symphony Orchestra at the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, and is president of This is Our Music, which performs for retirement homes. She has worked on various local and national political campaigns and is cartoonist of the New Trier Political Journal. Selena plans on majoring in political science and economics.

Ryan Doherty

Ryan Doherty

Ryan is from Charlottesville, Virginia, and graduated from Charlottesville High School. Ryan was the president of the Black Student Union at Charlottesville High School and has worked to advocate against school resource officers and fought for ways to close the educational gap. Ryan has also started an independent study where he dives into local history and its impact into current Charlottesville society.

Elena Durazo

Elena Durazo

is from Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from University High School where she was a member of the Human Rights Club, the Arizona State Board of Education Student Advisory Council, the Jewish Latino Teen Political Coalition, and the Tucson chapter of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Well Connected Communities Program. She also slings groceries at Trader Joe's, is serving an AmeriCorps term at Tucson Village Farm, and spends as much time as she can hiking in her desert homeland. Elena plans to pursue political science and sociology.

Tolya Evdokimov

Tolya Evdokimov

Tolya is from Moscow, Russia, and graduated from English State School 1287 where he was a class president and a council member for event management. He is a member of the TEDxPokrovkaSt where he is responsible for partnerships and speaker curation. He and his TEDx team organized the first TEDxSalon event on the train from Moscow to St. Petersburg. He is also a member of the Living Russian Language Corpus project where he creates and peer-reviews linguistic corpus material. Tolya plans to major in cognitive science.

Christine Gyure

Christine Gyure

Christine is from Yorktown, Virginia, graduated from Tabb High School. At Tabb, she was a founding member of the Writing Center, president of the Girls Ensemble, and an award-winning member of the Model United Nations team. She participates in piano and voice competitions and was the first freshman in her local region to make the All-Virginia Chorus. Outside of school, she was the project scientist of her team as a Virginia Earth System Science Scholar and earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by designing and planting a pollinator garden to help the struggling bee population in her community. Christine plans to major in physics and minor in music.

Peterson Haas

Peterson Haas

Peterson is a Brazilian student from Lajeado, Rio Grande do Sul, and graduated from Colegio Evangelico Alberto Torres in 2019. During high school, Peterson conducted research, presided over the school's student council, participated in leadership and volunteering initiatives, and developed a beating heart tissue from stem cells during a summer program. Currently, he is one of the co-founders of the Brazilian Institute of Young Scientists, a nonprofit organization that launched the first virtual science fair in Latin America. He plans to major in molecular biology and entrepreneurship.

Christian Herald

Christian Herald

Christian is from Washington, DC, and graduated from The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. In high school she was captain of her school's speech and debate team and was among the top 10 Original Orators in the nation upon graduation. Christian is a lifelong Girl Scout and earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Her Gold Award project was a five-day public speaking, speech writing, and confidence building workshop for a group of underserved girls of color in Southeast DC. Christian plans to major in leadership studies and political science.

Sanjna Kaul

Sanjna Kaul

Sanjna lives in Falls Church, Virginia, and is originally from India. She graduated from McLean High School where she is a student representative on the Equity Team, president of the Gender Sexuality Alliance, vice president of the McMatics peer-tutoring club, and an executive leader in a student-mentoring program for new students. She is also very involved in the theatre department and several honors societies. Sanjna has been working to make her school's history and English curriculum more LGBTQ+-inclusive since her sophomore year. She plans to major in gender studies and musical theatre.

Caleb Kwakye

Caleb Kwakye

Caleb is from Kumasi, Ghana. He graduated from Opoku Ware High School where he served as the vice president for the student chapter of the National Commission for Civic Rights Education, president for the Protestant community, and deputy organizer for the Ghana United Nations Student Association. He started a grassroots movement aimed at mobilizing youth to lead the fight against climate change through environmental education and sensitization and has been awarded the St. Peter's leadership and development award. Caleb plans to major in global studies, economics, or political science.

Georgia Leakey

Georgia Leakey

Georgia is from Dallas, Texas, and graduated from Townview TAG where she is the current student council treasurer, the former junior student council president, fine arts member of the Quizbowl team, secretary of her National Honor Society office, and a dedicated member of the Film Club where she won the Newcomer Award at UIL for her short film. She is also a member of the Teen Advisory Council at the Dallas Museum of Art and has been taking piano lessons for 10 years. Georgia plans to major in art history. 

Paean Luby

Paean Luby

Paean graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She strove to share her enthusiasm for computer science by helping coordinate STEM outreach initiatives as public relations officer of her school’s Society of Women Engineers and as president of its Computer Science Club. As a fraternal twin, she is passionate about conducting studies on twins’ emotional relationships and individuality. Her research has been recognized in competitions including the 2019 International Science Fair and the National Center for Women and Information Technology’s Aspirations in Computing. Paean plans to major in computer science and psychology.

Anush Margaryan

Anush Margaryan

Anush is from Avshar, Armenia, and graduated from Avshar School where she founded the Girl Up club. Anush has studied for one academic year in the U.S. as Future Leaders Exchange Alumni. She is the Education USA College Competitive Club Awardee and Avshar city representative of the FLEX program. As an alumnus, she organizes English clubs, media literacy workshops, antibullying sessions, and cultural events for youth. She has participated in International Biology Olympiad and interned in molecular biology and physiology Institutes. Anush plans to major in molecular biology and gender studies.

Beza Mulatu

Beza Mulatu

Beza is a senior in the African Leadership Academy based in South Africa, but is originally from Ethiopia. She served as CEO and head of design for a student-owned business on campus called Footprints.ltd, which provides school-branded merch to the community. She was a student ambassador working alongside the external relations team of her school and was board member of her school's Model African Union. Currently, she is working to launch the Logicae Summer Science Program before the end of 2021. She plans to major in neuroscience and contemporary and modern arts.

Aditya Narayanan

Aditya Narayanan

Addita is from Mumbai, India, and graduated from the Bombay International School where he was a member of the Peer Support Group (a group trained to act as a support system for fellow students) and a member of the Under-19 boys' soccer team. He practiced karate for 8 years and currently has a black belt. He spent the last summer conducting free online classes in fitness and drama for students in his city and has been involved in various theatre productions at his school since his freshman year. Aditya plans to major in psychology and minor in theatre.

Anna Phillips

Anna Phillips

Anna is from Mount Crawford, Virginia, and graduated from Turner Ashby High School and Massanutten Regional Governor's School for Integrated Environmental Science and Technology where pursued a research project targeting the effectiveness of theatre to destigmatize mental illness. Over the last few summers, she has served as an assistant director for musical theatre camps and has mentored aspiring young actors and singers. She plans to major in psychology and vocal performance.

Jabir Rahman

Jabir Rahman

Jabir is from Bangladesh and graduated from high school in May 2021. He has written articles about the political economics of South Asia for a digital magazine, been a financial literacy tutor to teens in rural areas, and also led a cricket club. The highlights of the last two years of his life include studying at the United World College in Dilijan, Armenia (an international boarding school), and learning Spanish, which he is working to make his 4th proficient language. He has not decided on a major yet but is interested in business.

Nandini Raisurana

Nandini Raisurana

Nandini is from the Bombay International School in Mumbai, India. She founded the writing platform PoetryinPandemonium in 2018, through which she has conducted open mics, tutored children, and connected performers with professional artists. She has participated in several spoken-word competitions and been published in the web journal InterConnecting Circles. Also a passionate Kathak dancer, Nandini has performed at multiple national and international dance festivals and has volunteered to teach Kathak to the underprivileged. She plans to major in journalism and leadership studies with a minor in psychology or international relations.

Rachael Ruth

Rachael Ruth

Rachael is from Centennial, Colorado, and graduated from the Kent Denver School where she was active in student leadership, holding elected offices her junior and senior year. She was also an active participant in the Kent theatre and varsity soccer programs. Rachael has volunteered at nonprofit organizations in her local community and globally since she was seven years old and co-founded a non-profit to raise funds for the education of refugee children in the Middle East, where she lived for 7 years prior to her family’s repatriation to Colorado. Rachael plans to double major in global studies and leadership studies.

Holly Wemple

Holly Wemple

Holly is from Mount Vernon, New York, and graduated from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. She led the Women in STEM club after participating in a research program where she studied invertebrates in a local park. She also worked in a neuroscience lab at Albert Einstein Medical College researching synaptic interactions. She is a nationally certified EMT, and plays percussion, focusing on the marimba. She plans to continue playing as a music minor while exploring other interests in STEM, possibly majoring in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, or healthcare studies.
Ashley Wilson

Ashley Wilson

Ashley is from Oxon Hill, Maryland, and graduated from Oxon Hill High School where she was team leader and editor of the Science and Technology Program Communications Team, president of Korean Culture Club, secretary of National Italian Honor Society, and an active member of Science National Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, and National Honor Society. She is a College Board National African American Recognition Program Finalist (2020) and a Ben Carson Scholar (2014, 2016-2020). Ashley plans on majoring in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience.

Maria Zambrano Davila

Maria Zambrano Davila

Maria, a Venezuelan citizen and Chilean resident, graduated from Colegio Francisco Encina. During her high school career, she founded a community service organization dedicated to combating the Venezuelan famine and was a Class of 2020 Representative during the writing of her Chilean school's first protocol against sexual violence and gender discrimination. She is currently working on feminist candidate Antonia Orellana's campaign to ensure women's rights during the writing of the new Chilean Constitution. Maria plans to major in global studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Evelyn Zelmer

Evelyn Zelmer

Evelyn is from Newark, Ohio, and graduated from Newark High School, where she has performed with the school’s top band, choir, and drama programs. She also attends The Ohio State University, where she tutors students in English and computer science. In addition to her tutoring job, Evelyn works as an intern at the United Way of Licking County. And, as a lover of the arts, she has received several awards for her visual art, poetry, and community theatre performances. She is considering a major in global studies or anthropology.