OUTSTANDING ASIAN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES IN THE MADISON AREA
By Jonathan Gramling
LA FOLLETTE HIGH SCHOOL
A National Honor Society member, Elli Hosokawa has had a brilliant academic career at La Follette High. Elli competed in the
Science Olympiad and mathletes as well as in cross-country — which elected her most valuable teammate — and track & field.
Ellie took AP classes. She performed math tutoring and was active with Critical MASS and Green Club. Elli performed in the
school orchestra as well as the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also held down a cashier job at Metro Market. Elli
sat on the high honor roll and was a Questbridge College Match finalist. Elli will use a Powers-Knapp scholarship to study
biomedical engineering at UW-Madison.
A National Honor Society member, Erika Hosokawa has left an incredible academic legacy at La Follette High. Erika has
been a top-rate competitor in Science Olympiad and mathletes as well as cross-country — named a Scholar Athlete — and
track & field, which named her most improved player. Erika performed with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and
qualified twice for state solo & ensemble with cello solos. Erika stayed STEM strong through Critical MASS and squeezed in
being a math tutor. Erika volunteered through NHS and held down a part-time cashier job at Metro Market. Erika’s
excellence kept her on the high honor roll and she received an AP Scholar recognition. She was a Questbridge College
Match finalist. Erika will be studying chemical engineering at UW-Madison this fall.
On her way to academic excellence at La Follette High, Sarah Lee was active with the United Asian Club and
the La Follette Student Support Foundation.
A National Honor Society member, Ngawang Lhamo has added a literary side to her academic excellence at La Follette High.
Ngawang has been active in Read It and See It and Writers Splash. She has also been involved in International Friends Club and
MSCR family night. Ngawang has volunteered in the community through the National Honor Society. Her excellence has earned
her Lancer of the Month and Lancer Pride recognition. Ngawang plans to study nursing at UW-Madison via Madison College.
Three cheers for the academic excellence of Anahi Malvaez. A National Honor Society member, Anahi has been on the
JV or varsity cheer teams for all four years, was a state champion in 2019 and was named the most valuable team
member for two years. She competed on the soccer team and was active with OLA Club and prepared for college
through the UW PEOPLE Program. She took five AP courses at East. Anahi enjoyed volunteering with Centro Hispano,
St. Joseph Parish, the Latino Academy of Workforce Development and the Catholic Multicultural Center. She received
DLI and Spanish recognition awards. Anahi will be attending UW-Madison this fall.
Perched on the high honor roll, Kevin Moua has kept the academic excellence ball in play at La Follette High.
Kevin has enjoyed playing MSCR volleyball and has been active in United Asian Club. Kevin will begin his
collegiate journey at Madison College this fall.
Alexandria Thao has been an intellectual competitor at La Follette High. Alexandria competed in Scientific Olympics and mathletes.
She has been co-president of Critical MASS and explored the health field through Health Occupation Students of America and
helped with their coffee sales. Alexandria interned at the UW-Madison mechanical engineering Badger Lab and at the Goodman
Youth Farm. During the summer, she worked with kids at the MSCR Fascination Station. Alexandria has been on the honor roll and
will be studying biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering at UW-Madison this fall.
While preparing for the next level of her academic career at La Follette, Angie Thao was active with the United Asian
Club and the La Follette Student Support Foundation.
Nhommana Thaoyongvang has been competitive on and off the field during his La Follette career.
Nhommana competed in football and soccer. He plans to attend college in Minnesota although he hasn’t
decided on a school as of yet.
Crystal Vang held onto academic excellence despite attending many different schools during her academic career. Crystal
developed her management and leadership skills through Ultimate Frisbee and wrestling. She held down a part-time job while
also caring for her siblings. She was honored to be a part of The Hues Row of Excellence. Crystal will begin her collegiate
career at Madison College this fall.
Perched on the high honor roll, Ryan Vang has set the stage for a successful collegiate career during his La
Follette High stay. Ryan received STEM support in Critical MASS. He helped out on the La Follette stage crew
and competed on the tennis team. In his free time, Ryan has been a security guard at the Madison Hmong New
Year and helped raise money for the Victory Hmong Alliance Church. Ryan will be studying biology at UW-
Milwaukee this fall.
Kevin Xiong has kept his eye on the academic excellence prize at La Follette High. Kevin was active in United Asian Club,
helping out with their fundraiser. Kevin worked a part-time job outside of school while also preparing himself for college.
Kevin earned Lancer of the Month and Lancer Pride distinctions and received a high honor award for geometry. Kevin’s
hard work paid off as he will be attending UW-Madison this fall.
Perched on the honor roll, Kou Xiong has had his eye on a collegiate career while pursuing academic
excellence at La Follette High. Kou has prepared for the collegiate level through the UW PEOPLE program.
He has also been active in the United Asian Club. Kou will begin his collegiate career at Madison College
While striving for academic excellence at La Follette High, Nhia Xiong immersed herself in her culture
for support. Nhia was active in United Asian Club and had fun with MSCR volleyball the last two
years. Every couple of weeks, Nhia would attend Hmong gatherings and funerals during her free time.
Nhia’s excellence earned her a mathematics award and Lancer Pride and honor roll recognition.
Sati Xiong has been competitive on and off the field during his La Follette High career. Sati
competed on the track & field, football and swim teams. He also enjoyed participating in
MSCR outdoor programming. In his free time, Sati volunteered at the Goodman Community
Center and Troy Gardens. Sati’s excellence earned him Lancer Leader and LHS service
and attendance recognitions..
MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
Shazad “Zeph” Azimulla has believed in staying mentally and physically strong on the way to academic excellence at
Memorial High. Zeph competed in track & field and believes in doing a lot of weight training, calisthenics and meditation on
his own time. He’s a teacher’s assistant for German, physics and AP physics. Upon graduating with honors, Zeph plans on
going into medicine, sports medicine and athletic training. Chiropractic training is also something he is interested in
pursuing. He plans to enroll at UW-Madison, New York University or Florida State University this fall.
A National Honor Society member, Abhinav Bipin has been competitive in all phases of student life at Memorial
High. Abhinav competed on the cross country and soccer teams as well as the Ultimate Frisbee team. He also
competed on the varsity math team, the Science Olympiad and was captain of Memorial’s Science Bowl team.
Abhinav also competed in Future Business Leaders of America and took 3rd place at regionals. As a member of
Spartan Youth Service and on his own, Abhinav has completed over 250 hours of community service. As a Boy
Scout, Abhinav is a senior scout leader and is working on his Eagle Scout rank. He completed an internship at
UW-Madison and was a leadership intern at Camp Invention. Abhinav was named an AP Scholar with
Distinction and will be using his Vilas Scholarship to study at UW-Madison this fall.
Amandeep Singh Chahal has been a kind of ambassador for his faith community as he strove for
academic excellence at Memorial High. Amandeep worked on the yearbook and performed community
service with Spartan Youth Service. He has been involved in many community and religious
activities at the Sikh temple. He has been a type of ambassador raising public awareness about the
Sikhs, going to other religious churches to explain his religion to them. Amandeep has also done
fundraisers and food drives for the homeless. Amandeep will be attending Edgewood College this fall
through the Dominican and Predolin scholarships. Amandeep will study biology with an eye to going to
A National Honor Society member, Huizhong “Deney” Li has given much of herself while attaining academic excellence.
Deney worked on the Sword & Shield student newspaper and gave of herself through Spartan Youth Service and peer
tutoring and as a science mentor and tutor. Out in the community, Deney has been a teen editor for the Simpson Street Free
Press and interned at The Capital Times and Madison Magazine. She was also involved in the children’s ministries at
Blackhawk Church. Deney is a Presidential Scholars candidate and a National Merit Scholarship finalist. Deney hopes to
blend her loves of science and writing into a major in pharmacology and certificate in public policy journalism at Duke
A National Honor Society member, Sameer Golkonda has competed in many phases of student life at Memorial High. Sameer
competed on the debate team — taking fifth at state in 2019 — forensics, placing third at state the past two years and five-time
champion at local tournaments. He also competed on the tennis team. Sameer honed his leadership skills as a board member
on Spartan Youth Service and put in over 150 community service hours. The Sauk Trails Optimist Club named Sameer
Volunteer of the Month for April. Sameer will be attending the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota-
Twin Cities where he will study management information systems.
A National AP Scholar with Distinction, Andrew Jiang put together a successful game plan for academic success at
Memorial High and beyond. Andrew competed on the varsity math team and tennis team and participated in the Early
College Credit Program. Andrew was a peer tutor and was active in Scholars of Color. In his free time, Andrew enjoyed
volunteering at St. Mary’s hospital and playing in the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. Andrew is graduating with
high honors and will be attending UCLA this fall, majoring in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics.
A National Honor Society and Spanish Society member, Meghana Kalluri has had the perfect career of
academic excellence at Memorial High. Meghana has a 4.0 GPA and scored 36 on the ACT. As a Health
Occupation Student of America officer, Meghana placed first, second, third and fifth at the state competition
and was a national qualifier. She was also competitive in Future Business Leaders of America, placing
eighth at the state competition and third at regionals. Meghana also competed in tennis, was active in
Spartan Indian Society and gave back to the community as a peer partner and through Spartan Youth
Service. During non-school hours, Meghana completed a summer science research internship in chemical
engineering, volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital and coordinated Memorial’s Red Cross blood drives.
Meghana was named an AP Scholar and received Wisconsin Youth Leadership Skills, Digital Technology
and WISE financial literacy certificates. Meghana will be studying biomedical engineering and perhaps
Spanish at UW-Madison this fall.
A French Honor Society member, Harsimran Kaur has been devoted to academic excellence and his faith community during his
Memorial High career. Harsimran has been active in Asian Club and Spartan Youth Service as well as competed on the tennis
team all four years. He explored the business world through Future Business Leaders of America and the health field through
Health Occupation Students of America. Harsimran devotes a lot of free time to his Sikh community, making food and helping to
serve the community during Sunday gatherings. Harsimran was named an Optimist Club Student of the Month and he received a
CUNA Mutual Scholarship, which he will use to study biology at UW-Milwaukee, with plans to be a pharmacist.
Neil Khanna has been on pace to achieve academic excellence at Memorial High. Neil competed in cross-country
and earned his varsity letter. He also competed in soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. He also served as a teacher’s
assistant. Out in the community, Neil has volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Madison half marathon. He’s
also been a soccer referee. Neil will be attending UW-La Crosse next year to study international business and
Wayne Vang has set himself up for an excellent collegiate career during his La Follette High
career. Wayne prepared for college through the AVID/TOPS program. He will begin his higher
education career at UW-Platteville this fall.
Cimfeng Lee has been on the IT superhighway to academic excellence at Memorial High. Cimfeng has
been preparing for the collegiate level through the UW-Madison Information Technology Academy and
AVID/TOPS. He competed in boys’ volleyball and was active in Spartans for All, Asian Club, Spartan
Youth Service and the Interact Club. Cimfeng will be attending UW-Madison this fall.
Read all about it! Lily Lowndes has academically achieved at Memorial High. A member of the National Honor
Society, Lily worked on the Sword & Shield newspaper. She performed with the wind ensemble, was active
with the French Club and was a Spirit Day organizer. Lily was state champion in Future Business Leaders of
America’s state broadcast journalism competition and was a two-time national qualifier. Lily also took second
place in Special Occasion Speaking at the state forensics competition. In the community, Lily has performed
with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin State Honors Orchestra. For her excellence,
the Sauk Trails Optimists named Lily Volunteer of the Month. In the fall, Lily will be attending DePaul University
to study journalism and public relations.
A National Honor Society member, Vy Luong started out his high school career at West High
participating in Mission 4.0 and MAC Scholars before finishing strong at Memorial High. Vy competed in
track & field and cheerleading, earning varsity letters in both. Vy is devoted to his church, serving as a
confirmation group leader, altar server and communion minister. He has also been active with Student
Liturgy of the Word. From his perch on the honor roll, Vy will be headed to UW-Madison where he will
Moulik Mehta has been competitive in all phases of student life at Memorial High. Moulik competed on the tennis team, on the
tech club and in the Science Bowl. He won the U1800 Wisconsin State Championship in 2017 and his team was the Wisconsin
Scholastic State Champion in 2019. His other team placed third in Wisconsin for the Cyberpatriot Cyber Security Competition.
Moulik performed community service through Spartan Youth Service and especially enjoyed teaching chess to students at
Shorewood Hills Elementary School. He also volunteered at an epithelial ovarian cancer laboratory at UW Hospital.
A National Honor Society member, Laura Meyer has run the distance with academic excellence at Memorial High.
Laura competed in cross-country and the math team. She performed community service through Spartan Youth
Service. Laura enjoyed being a regular volunteer at a food pantry last summer and has volunteered at Crazylegs
and other organized runs. From the Memorial honor roll, Laura is headed to UW-Madison to pursue a career in
Kaylie Podvin has looked out for all as she sought academic excellence at Memorial High. Kaylie
competed in swimming, basketball and track & field. She looked out for and advocated for other
students through Raise Your Voice Club, Spartans for All Club and peer partners. Out in the
community, Kaylie volunteered at her church and taught Sunday school. Kaylie’s efforts won her a
Kaump Athletic Award and a Multicultural Validation Scholarship, which she will use to attend UW-
La Crosse this fall.
A National Honor Society member, Anusha Sahai has exuded excellence in all aspects of her Memorial High career, Anusha
competed in forensics, the math team and tennis team as well as in the Wisconsin Chemistry Olympiad where she took first
place. She has been involved in the Chemistry Club and Health Occupation Students of America and took second place in
their international leadership conference. Anusha provided peer tutoring and worked in a science research program at UW-
Madison. Anusha has done a lot of volunteering in the community at St. Mary’s Hospital, Lussier Community Education
Center, as a MATCHCOUNTS competition coach and writing for the Indian community newsletter. Anusha is a National Merit
Scholarship finalist and a Presidential Scholars semifinalist. Anusha will be studying chemistry this fall at Cornell University.
A National Honor Society member, Jaskiran Sandhu has had the health professions in mind as she attained
academic excellence at Memorial High. Jaskiran is vice-president of Health Occupation Students of America and
has placed in the top five of the state competitions each year and qualified for the national competition. She
received HOSA’s Patricia James Service Award. Jaskiran was also active in the Public Speaking Club and
Student Activist Club and helped coordinate multicultural night. Jaskiran founded Spartan Indian Society for
students to learn and embrace Indian culture. Out in the community Jaskiran volunteered over 100 hours at St.
Mary’s Hospital. Through her Sikh community, she has coordinated blood drives and help serve food at a Porchlight
Homeless Shelter. She is a recipient of a Red Cross scholarship. In addition, Jaskiran played the violin with the
Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. Jaskiran will be leaving her perch on the high honor roll to study either
biology or biochemistry at UW-Madison this fall.
A National Honor Society member, Shruti Sathish hit a magnificent pitch of academic excellence at Memorial High. Shruti
competed in forensics and placed third in Demonstration Speaking, fifth in Moments in History in 2018 and third in that category
in 2019. In the Capital Science and Engineering Fair, Shruti took first in biological sciences and third place in the Grand Award,
Naval Science Award. She also heightened her interest in health careers through Health Occupation Students of America and
won many awards at their state competitions. Shruti was the Sword and Shield editor and a peer tutor. She competed in tennis
and did a science research internship. Through Spartan Youth Service, Shruti performed many hours of community service
including at St. Mary’s Hospital. Shruti has been a devotee to Indian Carnatic singing. Shruti will attend the University of
Richmond where she will study biochemistry and molecular biology on pre-med track as a Richmond Scholar.