First Place: $2,000 scholarship - “Epidemiology and general health care in Houston
Kanthi Reddy is graduating from Energy Institute High School in Houston Independent School District.
She plans to study biology at the University of Houston Honors College.
Kanthi started the debate club in her sophomore year and also participated in several Houston Urban Debate League tournaments. She is also a member of the National Honor Society at her high school.
She participated in the Sickle Cell Conference at Debakey High School for Health Professions and presented a poster on Noninvasive Index of Left Ventricular Contractility in Mice at the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Texas Branch Conference at College Station.
Kanthi also interned as a Health Ambassador at Sunny Side Multiservice Center. Kanthi has volunteered at the Children's Museum of Houston and at several events for Volunteer Houston.
Second Place: $1,200 scholarship - “#HoustonStrong – Even stronger”
Michael Lombardi is graduating from Manvel High School in Alvin Independent School District. He plans to study mechanical engineering at Texas A&M at College Station.
Michael has been a member of the National Honor Society at Manvel High School for two years and was inducted into the Mu Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Alvin Community College based upon his grades in dual credit classes.
He is a four-year member of the varsity golf team.
Michael earned a spot on the region choir all four years, advanced to pre-area for three years and first alternate at the state level one year.
He performed in the school musical the last three years, including a lead role this year as Linus in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Michael has been involved in scouting since the first grade and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Third Place: $800 scholarship - “Purging the pipes: How Microbiologists can efficiently detect infectious bacteria in Houston's water”
Ashish Chakraborty is graduating from Seven Lakes High School in Katy Independent School District.
He has been accepted to University of Texas at Austin, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania and plans to study biomedical engineering.
Last summer, he researched proteomics through a program at Michigan State University.
At Seven Lakes High School, Ashish is a captain of the Science Olympiad team and president of the Biology Olympiad club. He is also a violinist in the varsity orchestra.
He has earned national-level awards in Science Olympiad and the Biology Olympiad. Additionally, he was recognized as a Texas State Solo Ensemble Contest Outstanding Performer and has performed with the Texas All-State Orchestras.
Ashish is a member of the National Honor Society and Spartans Out Serving volunteer organizations at Seven Lakes. He has also volunteered frequently through Boy Scouts, in which he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Honorable Mention: $500 Scholarship - “Engineering a better Houston”
Lacey Singleton is graduating from South Early College High School in Houston Independent School District.
She plans to study chemical engineering at the University of Houston.
She is a member of National Honor Society, of which she served as vice president. student council, and she serves as a school ambassador.
She was awarded most outstanding student.
Outside of school, Lacey volunteers as a literacy coach and math tutor at Nathaniel Q. Henderson Elementary School, at blood drives and at "Healthy People, Healthy Minds, Healthy communities.”
Honorable Mention: $500 Scholarship - “Updating database infrastructure with Blockchain”
Grace Elphingstone is graduating from Stratford High School in Spring Branch Independent School District. She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and study mechanical engineering.
She is a National Honor Society Member, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Commended Scholar, and a Stratford High School Valedictorian.
Grace is a member of Stratford's Academy of Science and Engineering. For her senior research and design project, she and two peers designed and constructed a 3-D printable prosthetic arm.
The arm utilizes input from myoware muscle sensors, which detect nerve impulses, to create motion.
She is a four-year member of Stratford’s top Symphony Orchestra. She is a three-year member of the award-winning Stratford Playhouse Orchestra and auditioned for All-Region Orchestra all four years of high school.
Grace earned fourth place in the Texas State UIL Ready Writing Competition in 2017 and competed at the Texas State UIL Solo Contest on violin in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Through National Honor Society and programs her church, Grace volunteered in many community activities from Soupmobile to Harvey relief efforts. She has also tutored her peers and served as a camp counselor at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary and volunteered in the plant nursery.