Top 20

Pennsbury's Academic Top 20 are, from let, top row: Eliana Abir, Daniel Dietrich, Trevor Hart, Emily Heyman and Olivia Hitchingham. Second row: Andrew Howe, Ethan Kraus, Amanda Lee, Eden Malinoff and Varun Mishra. Third row: Matthew Nuzzolo, Steven Nuzzolo, Ohm Shah, Tara Shevlin and Evan Stocker. And in the fourth row are: Evin Stumbaugh, Carissa Van Veen, Alvin Wang, Joshua Ware and Patrick Weng.

FAIRLESS HILLS >> Pennsbury High School has announced its Academic Top 20 for 2021. They are:

Eliana Abir

Parents: Pirooz and Mitra Abir. Activities: Synchronized Swimming for the Pennsbury Falconettes, Principal’s Advisory Committee, Crossing Community Church (Youth Group Leader, Camp Counselor and Nursery Worker), Lovebird restaurant (Employee). Honors: National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Le Grand Concours National French Exam Bronze Medal, AP Scholar with Honor. Plans: The Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College. Major: Mechanical Engineering

Daniel Dietrich

Parents: Brian and Magnolia Dietrich. Activities: Conservatory Level Pianist at Westminster College of Music, PHS Varsity Tennis (1st Singles as a Sophomore), Academic Tutor (Mathematics and Science), Piano Tutor, Part-time Tennis Instructor, PHS Speech & Debate Team (Congress Events), Sunrise Senior Living Facility (Community Service). Honors: 3-Time International Music and Arts Society Talented Young Musician Olympia Winner - Grand Prize; 3-Time High Honors in NJMTA Young Musicians Competition; Harvard Book Award; National Merit Scholar Finalist; 2-Time Academic Excellence Award in English and Science; AP Scholar with Distinction; 6-Time Grand Prix Winner at Music-Fest Rising Talents (12 Performances at Carnegie Hall); Gold Medal, Silver Medal, Super Bronze Medal, and First Degree Award in the Golden Key Festival Competition; National Honor Society; Spanish National Honor Society; Honors Merit Status for Excellence in Debate. Plans: Boston University, Kilachand Honors College. Major: Biology

Trevor Hart

Parents: Chuck and Kim Hart. Activities: PHS Boys Varsity Soccer (Captain), Young Engineers Club, YMS Premier Team (Captain), Makefield Highlands Golf Course (Employee). Honors: AP Scholar with Distinction, Academic Excellence in Science, Furman University Scholar, Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society, SOL All League Honorable Mention, SOL All League Second Team, SOL All League First Team. Plans: Drexel University, Pennoni Honors College. Major: Chemical Engineering

Emily Heyman

Parents: William and Kathleen Heyman. Activities: Pennsbury Soccer, Pennsbury MiniTHON, Prom Committee, Pennsbury Frisbee, YMS Soccer. Honors: National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Academic Excellence Award (Social Studies and English), Furman University Academic Scholarship Award, AP Scholar Award. Plans: University of Pittsburgh. Major: Pre-Med

Olivia Hitchingham

Parents: Michael Hitchingham and Linda LaMarre. Activities: Dance Performance Company (Overall Captain, student teacher), PHS Prom Committee (Chair), MiniTHON Corporate Fundraising Committee, Sports Nite (Class Captain), Summer Camp Counselor, Starbucks Barista, Dance Hope Cure Ambassador. Honors: AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Corporate Scholarship Finalist, National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Elmira College Key Award, PHEAA Certificate of Merit. Plans: University of California, Los Angeles. Major: Mathematics

Andrew Howe

Parents: David and Allison Howe. Activities: Speech and Debate (Captain), French Club (President), Boys and Girls Club of Trenton (Volunteer), ActorsNET (Volunteer), JCC Abrams Camps (Employee). Honors: National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, National French Exam Silver and Gold Medalist, 2-time National Qualifier in Speech and Debate, PHEAA Certificate of Merit. Plans: George Washington University. Major: International Affairs

Ethan Kraus

Parents: Peter and Maria Kraus. Activities: PHS Stage Crew Club (President), Thespian Troupe 830 (Vice President), PHS Musicals/Dramas (Stage Manager), MiniTHON Finance Committee, Prom Art Committee (Chair), National Honor Society (Historian), PHS PAC Club, National Red Cross Blood Donor Ambassador (Volunteer). Honors: AP Scholar with Distinction, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, National Business Honor Society, Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation and Creativity Award, Induction into PA State Thespian Technical Hall of Fame, National Honor Thespian, Academic Excellence in English, Social Studies, and Computer Science. Plans: University of Michigan. Major: Computer Science

Amanda Lee

Parents: John and Kim Lee. Activities: Marching Band (Pit Captain), Speech and Debate (Oral Interpretation Captain), Class of 2021 Student Representative to the School Board, Principal’s Advisory Committee, National Honor Society (Public Relations Officer), Linens N Love (non-profit) Research Director, Little Saints Project Tutor for Orphanage in Nigeria. Honors: Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award for Leadership and Dedication to Community Action, Honor Roll, AP Scholar, National Honor Society. Plans: Rochester University. Major: Biology

Eden Malinoff

Parents: Josh and Elisa Malinoff. Activities: PHS Public Health Awareness Club (Founder and President), French Club (President), Pennsbury French Exchange Program, Model United Nations (independent delegate at NAIMUN), FIMRC Virtual Global Health Fellowship, Project HEAL Ambassador, COVID-19 Teen Awareness Task Force Ambassador, Medical volunteer at St. Mary Medical Center and Jefferson Health, Volunteer at Congregation Kol Emet (camp counselor, aide, assistant teacher), Medical Shadowing at Mercer Bucks Orthopedics and Abington Hospital NICU, Academic Tutor (Mathematics, French and Biology), Harvard Secondary School (Cell Biology, Global Health, and COVID-19), Summer@Brown (Cancer Biology: an evolving puzzle), Dual Enrollment at the University of Pennsylvania (Young Scholars Program), Congressional Advocate with the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy, and Action. Honors: National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Le Grand Concours National French Exam Silver and Bronze Medal, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal, AP Scholar, Dr. Arthur J. Lendo Fellowship Award, 3-time Academic Excellence Award in the French Language, Academic Excellence Award in Mathematics and English, Overall Academic Excellence (Highest GPA). Plans: New York University. Major: Individualized Major

Varun Mishra

Parents: Pallavi and Vikram Mishra. Activities: National Business Honor Society Secretary and Treasurer, Future Business Leaders of America (Secretary), PHS Winter and Spring Track Team, Lower Makefield Youth Committee member, Wharton Investment Competition Financial Falcons team Co-Founder, Relentless Computing Programming Intern, DBSI Services Human Resources Intern, Code Ninjas Employee, Yardley Makefield Soccer, Family and Community Engagement Equity Team member. Honors: AP Scholar with Honor, National Business Honor Society (Computer Science Curriculum Certificate & Finance Curriculum Certificate), National Honor Society, Rutgers Trustee Scholar, PHEAA Certificate of Merit. Plans: Rutgers University Honors College. Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Matthew Nuzzolo

Parents: Michael and Tracy Nuzzolo. Activities: PHS MiniTHON (Head Captain of Family Relations), Student Council (Vice President), International Gemological Society (Professional Member)/ Gemology Independent Studies, Prom Committee (Chair), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County (Mentor), U.S. Soccer Federation Referee, Tutor (Math), PHS Young Engineers Club, PHS Varsity Soccer, Falls Club Soccer, FC Bucks Premier-Select Club Soccer, Feeding Hungry Heroes/AHTN (Volunteer), Camp Invention (Volunteer), PHS Interact Club. Honors: National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, AP Scholar with Distinction, Elmira College Key Award for Academic Excellence, School Board Commendation for Distinctive Service as a Teen Mentor Award, Suburban One League Soccer Champions, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Inductee, Two-time Academic Excellence in Mathematics. Plans: Duke University, Genetics and Genomics FOCUS Program. Major: Biological Sciences/Pre-Med

Steven Nuzzolo

Parents: Michael and Tracy Nuzzolo. Activities: Student Council (Finance Committee Chair and Senator), PHS Young Engineers Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County (Mentor), Tutor (Math), U.S. Soccer Federation Referee, PHS Varsity Soccer, Falls Club Soccer, FC Bucks Premier-Select Club Soccer, Feeding Hungry Heroes/AHTN (Volunteer), Camp Invention (Volunteer), PHS Water Club. Honors: National Honor Society, German National Honor Society, AP Scholar with Distinction, Morehead-Cain Scholars Program Semifinalist, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth High Honors Inductee, James J. Kerrigan Memorial Scholarship Award, The Clarkson School Scholars Award and Early College Program Selectee, School Board Commendation for Distinctive Service as a Teen Mentor Award, 2-time German Foreign Language Student of the Year, Suburban One League Soccer Champions, Academic Excellence in Mathematics. Plans: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Accelerated Research Scholar. Major: Neuroscience/Pre-Med

Ohm Shah

Parents: Rajan and Manisha Shah. Activities: Mathletes, Chess Team, Young Engineers, Tennis Team. Honors: State Chess Team Champions 2018 & 2019, Mathletes Team Winners 2018, 2019, 2020. Plans: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Major: Computer Science

Tara Shevlin

Parents: John and Tracy Shevlin. Activities: Pennsbury Marching Band (Lieutenant), Girl Scouts (Gold Award Candidate), Water Club (Secretary and Head of Photography and Productions), Mathletes, Symphonic Winds, TASK (volunteer). Honors: Smith College Book Award, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Academic Excellence Award for Mathematics. Plans: University of Arizona, Honors College. Major: Pharmacy

Evan Stocker

Parents: Dennis and Suzie Stocker. Activities: Boy Scouts, Skiing, Fishing. Honors: Academic Excellence Award in Mathematics, National Merit Scholarship Corporation Finalist, Student Sage Award. Plans: The Pennsylvania State University. Major: Physics

Erin Stumbaugh

Parents: Shawn and Katy Stumbaugh. Activities: PHS Senior Prom Chair, PHS MiniTHON Corporate Fundraising member, CYO Volleyball and Basketball. Honors: Academic Excellence in Science, Wesleyan Book Award, American Chemical Society Award for Excellence in Chemistry. Plans: University of Pittsburgh. Major: Physics

Carissa Van Veen

Parents: Bill and Christy Van Veen. Activities: MiniTHON, Varsity Volleyball, Student Council, Prom Committee, Best Buddies, Principal’s Advisory Council. Honors: National Merit Scholarship Finalist, Suburban One League Featured Athlete, UPenn Book Award, Academic Excellence in English, National Spanish Exam Bronze Medal, National Honor Society. Plans: Villanova University. Major: Biochemistry

Alvin Wang

Parents: Jason and Michelle Wang. Activities: PHS Varsity Soccer, PHS Varsity Track and Field, Chess Club, Young Engineers, Yardley Makefield Soccer, Amerikick Karate, Pennsbury Regional Basketball League. Honors: AP Scholar with Distinction, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, National Merit Commended Scholar, National Merit Corporate Special Scholarship. Plans: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Major: Physics

Joshua Ware

Parents: David and Patricia Ware. Activities: PHS Cross Country (Captain), PHS Winter and Spring track (Captain), Sports Night Class Captain, Prom Committee, Young Engineers, Investment Team (Co-founder). Honors: National Honor Society, German National Honor Society, AP Scholar with Honor, George Washington University Book Award, Eagle Scout. Plans: Brigham Young University. Major: Computer Science

Patrick Weng

Parents: Vincent and Ying Weng. Activities: National Honor Society PR Officer, Lower Makefield Township Youth Committee Board Member, PHS Forensics/Debate Team, Pennsbury Boys Tennis Team, Student Council and YMTennis Counselor. Honors: 2-Time NSDA National Qualifier (Debate team), NCFL National Qualifier (Debate team), 2019 State Semi-Finalist and 2021 State Finalist (Debate team), Widener Leadership Award, George Eastman Young Leaders Award, Academic Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Business, Computers, and Information Technology, National Merit Finalist. Plans: Georgia Institute of Technology. Major: Computer Science

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