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February 3, 2004 > American High School Senior, Anand Oza, Candidate in the Presidential Scholars Program

American High School Senior, Anand Oza, Candidate in the Presidential Scholars Program

by Praveena Raman

Anand Oza, a senior at American High School, is one of six Fremont students who have been named as candidates in the 2004 Presidential Scholars' Program. About 2,600 students from all over the United States have been named as candidates this year. The candidates were selected from more than 2.8 million seniors who are expected to graduate from U.S. High Schools in 2004.

The son of Kalindi and Uttam Oza from Ardenwood, Anand scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT I test and 800s in three SAT II tests. An AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar with Honors, he has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and is currently in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Besides being an outstanding student Anand is also musically talented. He is an active member of the Symphonic Band, the Fremont Unified School District's Honor Band and plays the piano. Anand is also the Vice President of the Spanish Club and a member of the varsity tennis team last year. He was also voted "Junior Prince" on the American High School Homecoming Court. Anand enjoys Shotokan karate and has received his black belt. He is involved in the community and has volunteered at Agnews Development Center, a facility for clients with development disabilities.

Inclusion in the Presidential Scholars program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Anand says, "The opportunity to become a Presidential Scholar really excites me. This would not have been possible without the support of my parents, sister, friends, and of course, American High School. I've worked really hard for these four years, but I've had a wonderful time with the teachers and students at American."

The Presidential Scholars Program has been in existence for the past forty years. A distinguished panel of educators will select 500 semifinalists, in April 2004, from the 2,600 candidates based on student essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and transcripts. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of 32 eminent citizens, appointed by the President, will make the final selection of scholars.

Finalists, consisting of a man and a woman from each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad, 15 students-at-large and 20 students from the creative and performing arts, will be announced by the Department of Education in May 2004. The scholars will be invited to Washington D.C., for several days to receive the Presidential Scholars' medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities with their elected representatives, educators, and other leading individuals in public life.

The five other students living in Fremont who have also received this honor are Jeffrey K. Cheng, Albert J. Lai and Simon Zhu from Mission San Jose High School and Leann M. Duong and Anjali Vaidya from Harker School.

TCV wishes all these six outstanding Fremont students the very best in qualifying as semifinalists and finalists in the Presidential Scholars' Program.

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