2008 Award Winners

Himani Aggarwal

Emery High School, Emeryville

Himani is active in her community by volunteering many hours at the Oakland Public Library, Kaiser Permanente, East Bay Alliance for Suitable Economy to name a few. She has also been Vice-President of her class and the school’s Student Body as well as Editor and Photographer for the year book. Himani has been participating in the intensive Early Academic Outreach Program through UC Berkeley and plans to attend University of California, Davis, majoring in Psychology.

Dhondup Lhamo

Berkeley High School, Berkeley High

Dhondup is the recipient of the KPAA Inspiration Award. Since arriving in the U.S. a little over two years ago, Dhondup has succeeded in completing advanced science classes and attending Oakland Children Hospital’s Summer Medical Academy while still attending English Language Development classes. Dhondup plans to attend Berkeley City College, focusing on Molecular Biology

Kevin Longa

Burlingame High School, Burlingame

Kevin is the recipient of the Susan Chan-Lim Memorial Award. Kevin is the founder of his school’s Flique Clique club to provide a forum for students to develop and produce films. Kevin has received the 2008 Videomaker Magazine’s Short Film award in the Best Student-Produced Film category. He is also an accomplished tuba and flute player, with first chair in tuba for the District Band. Kevin plans to attend UCLA as a pre business-economics major.

Jasmine Nachtingall

Hillsdale High School, San Mateo

Jasmine is the founder of “Best Buddies Club” which pairs typical students with their special education peers to promote friendship and understanding. In addition, she is the captain of the varsity tennis team and concert mistress on first violin for the school orchestra. Jasmine has single handedly led grassroots efforts to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims as well tsunami victims. Jasmine plans to attend Stanford University, studying Pre-medical Humanities.

Iris Zhang

Mission High School, San Francisco

Iris is the founder of her school’s multilingual Student Health Educators group to initiate awareness of the Gardasil vaccine to prevent Human Papillomavirus. She worked diligently to receive a $10,000 grant from a youth funding agency to support the cause. Iris is also the captain of the school’s badminton team and Vice-President of the Student Body. Iris will attend UC Berkeley in the College of Letters and Science.