2022 MHS Senior Spotlight

  • Marcus High School 2022 Senior Spotlight

    Marcus High School Senior Spotlight

    2022 Graduation Information
    Class of 2022 — we are proud of you! Congratulations on the tremendous accomplishment of graduating. Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2022 will be held at the University of North Texas. To see all Lewisville ISD (LISD) graduation dates, details and FAQs, please visit LISD.net/graduation.

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  • Top Ten Graduates

    Top Ten MHS Students

    Valedictorian: Vincent Nguyen
    University / college: Texas A&M University - College Station
    Major / career plans: I plan on majoring in applied mathematics with an emphasis on biological science. I would like to pursue a career in the medical field as a physician.

    Vincent Nguyen

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    David Pike teaches in the math department, but I was never actually a student in his class. Rather, he has been my coach for the UIL Academics team we have at Marcus. Apart from providing the resources and knowledge to help me succeed at UIL Academic meets, Mr. Pike has more importantly instilled in me a positive attitude and passion towards learning that will span my entire lifetime.

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    My favorite memories of school involve my participation in both the Marcus Swim and Water Polo teams as well as the UIL Academics team. In both activities, I felt like I was part of a family that supported me and gave me the opportunity to put in the work to be a competitor and achieve my goals.

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    I hope that the Class of 2022 is remembered for our perseverance. We have experienced disruptions in our schooling and extracurricular activities alike due to the pandemic that spanned throughout a significant portion of our high school years, yet we have remained resilient and ended our senior years strongly and with great aspirations towards our futures.


    Salutatorian: Kaitlyn Williams
    University / college: University of Oklahoma
    Major / career plans: Biomedical engineering (pre-med); I plan to attend medical school and become a doctor, possibly an orthopedic surgeon.

    Kaitlyn Williams

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Katie Walta and David Pike (AcDec); I couldn’t pick just one of my AcDec coaches who have impacted me the most because they both have been such an important part of my life since I joined AcDec sophomore year. Both Mrs. Walta and Mr. Pike have helped me to improve my self-confidence, especially in public speaking, and pushed me to develop my leadership skills. They have both been so kind and so supportive of me in everything I do, and AcDec wouldn’t have been as amazing as it was without them. I definitely plan on keeping in touch with them long after graduation!

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    Most of my favorite memories of school have to do with AcDec. Both my sophomore and senior years, we were able to travel to San Antonio for the State meet, where we stayed in hotel rooms with our teammates and had so much fun together. I’ll always remember our inside jokes and brain breaks while pushing through hours of studying. This year, we placed 2nd at State in our division and 2nd at Online Nationals, and I couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of such an amazing team!

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    I hope history remembers the Class of 2022 as one that pushed through adversity. Our sophomore year, we left for spring break and never came back because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many students continued attending school online during our junior year. We have dealt with unprecedented circumstances, but we have also stayed positive and continued to reach for success.


    3. Shubhranshu Mishra
    University / college: The University of Texas at Austin
    Major / career plans: Neuroscience and the Health Science Scholars Honors program. My plan is to be a pre-med and eventually go to medical school.

    Shubhranshu Mishra

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    I truly cannot choose just one! Every one of my teachers has been influential in making me who I am today and I am grateful for all of them. However, if I had to choose, I would have to say that Mr. David Pike and Mrs. Katie Walta were among my most impactful teachers. They were my Academic Decathlon coaches and because of their dedication and guidance, I have grown a lot not just in the classroom, but outside of it as well.

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    My favorite memories include playing basketball and hanging out with friends, attending football games, and meeting with my teachers. My favorite memory by far was being part of the first LISD Academic Decathlon Team to ever make it to nationals. It has been my most rewarding experience so far.

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    I hope history remembers us as being resilient and focused despite all the outside noise and distractions. Not only did we go through the pandemic, but we had to face its aftermath as well. In spite of all of these problems, we were able to fight and succeed, and for that we all should be proud of ourselves.


    4. Tate Evans
    University / college: Yale University
    Major / career plans: Data science. If I'm able to continue my baseball career after college, I will gladly take the opportunity. Otherwise, I'll look to get a job as a data analyst or something similar.

    Tate EVANS

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Janet Hutley, chemistry. She made learning so fun and engaging, but more importantly, allowed us to play paper football after we had finished our work.

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    Playing baseball and spending time with my teammates. Two of the most memorable moments were when I threw the first perfect game in Marcus history against Hebron my junior year; the other was when we beat IMG Academy, the #1 ranked team in the nation at the time, at the Texas Rangers stadium.

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    I hope we are remembered for our persistence and hard work. Having to go through two COVID-affected years made our high school experience more difficult and less exciting, but we have pushed through all the challenges and struggles to make it to the point we are at now.


    5. Alan Wen
    University / college: University of Texas at Austin
    Major / career plans: Mechanical engineering.

    Alan Wen

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Mrs. Forthun- junior humanities. She made everyday in class fun. I found myself looking forward to english and history, something I had never experienced before.

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    I still remember exploring Dallas on a freshmen year humanities field trip with all my friends and eating a scrumptious chicken sandwich for lunch. I still think about that sandwich a lot.

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    I hope they remember us as the first class that lived through high school during the pandemic.


    6. Shaan Sidhwani
    University / college: University of Texas at Austin
    Major / career plans: Biochemistry

    Shaan Sidhwani

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    David Pike (Calculus AB/BC and Academic Decathlon) and Katie Walta (English II and Academic Decathlon); Mr. Pike and Mrs. Walta really helped me grow as a person in Academic Decathlon and fostered my love of learning!

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    I really loved studying and hanging out with the Academic Decathlon team, and it was always fun to spend time and work through challenging problems with friends!

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    I hope we're seen as trailblazers that pushed the bounds of what's possible, but I also hope we're remembered for passing the torch to our underclassmen so they can build something even greater.


    7. Aidan Shuda
    University / college: University of Texas at Austin
    Major / career plans: Undecided, we’ll see what interests me in my first year, and how that develops.

    Aidan Shuda

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Jennifer Forthun, Humanities (Eng/U.S. History) - She was a hands-off teacher who both believed in and guaranteed our success as a class. She participated in our daily discussions, but maintained a schedule and hierarchy within the class. She worked through the COVID limitations and ensured that we had a fun and educational time despite the issues that were present. I feel that I learned a lot through her class, and I’m glad that I could be a part of her last year teaching at Marcus.

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    Just generic stuff like hanging out with friends and taking classes together. 


    8. Andrew White 
    University / college: University of Texas at Austin
    Major / career plans: Mechanical engineering.

    Andrew White

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    David Pike -- Calculus. 

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    All the amazing times I had during senior out.


    9. Aarav Malhotra
    University / college: Dartmouth College
    Major / career plans: Economics/statistics.

    Aarav Malhotra

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    My 10th grade English teacher and 11th grade humanities teacher, Mrs. Forthun. English was never a subject I liked, yet she made our class exciting and something that I actually looked forward to every single day.

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    My favorite memory of school is when Lil Uvi Vert randomly dropped an album during second period in sophomore year. 

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    I hope history remembers us by our great tastes in music , and our ability to make the most of life in tough conditions.


    10. Zoe Thompson
    University / college: Vassar College
    Major / career plans: I plan on double majoring in studio art and environmental science with a minor in educational studies. From there, I plan on teaching high school art or science in the United States for 3-5 years before joining the Peace Corps’ teaching abroad program. Beyond that, I intend to combine my love of art and science and become an illustrator of scientific textbooks.

    Zoe Thompson

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Although there were many influential teachers throughout my high school career, my French teacher, Becky Lee, impacted me the most. She excelled at creating a gentle and productive learning environment that I thrived in. She encouraged me to seek knowledge beyond the most basic levels, spending class periods delving into fascinating topics that extended far beyond the simple explanations of French language and culture that could be found in the textbook. She adored my thousands of questions, was incredibly understanding during difficult times, and had more patience with frustrating students than I could ever possess. As a future educator, I hope to give back to students even just a fraction of what she gave to me.

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    My freshman year humanities field trip would have to be my favorite memory of high school. As a 14-year-old, my experience with big cities was very limited, so getting to go to Dallas with all of my friends whilst completing a scavenger hunt was a wonderful experience. The scavenger hunt was not only educational, but helped me to develop and rekindle friendships that would remain with me throughout my high school career.

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    I hope the Class of 2022 will forever be remembered as the class of perseverance. Having spent our junior year, the hardest year of high school regardless of external situations, at the height of the pandemic, we gained a drive matched by very few classes before us. I hope we are remembered for staying strong through every COVID-19 related challenge. I hope we are remembered for remaining excited about the future through it all.

  • National Merit

    National Merit Finalists
    Of the 16,000 Semifinalists, nearly 15,000 achieve Finalist status. To become a Finalist, Semifinalists and their high schools must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstration of leadership abilities and honors and awards received.

    • Shubhranshu Mishra | (Downing MS)
    • Vincent Nguyen | (Lamar MS, Prairie Trail ES)
    • Andrew Wang | (Downing MS, Bridlewood ES)
    • Alan Wen | (Lamar MS, Prairie Trail ES)
    • Kaitlyn Williams 
    • Wade Wilson | (Briarhill MS, Garden Ridge & Heritage ES)

    National Merit Semifinalists
    Of the 50,000 high scorers across the country, approximately 16,000 students are named Semifinalists. Those named a Semifinalist make up less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. These seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that are offered the following spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

    • Shubhranshu Mishra 
    • Vincent Nguyen
    • Andrew Wang 
    • Alan Wen
    • Kaitlyn Williams 
    • Wade Wilson 
  • mhsfinearts

    MHS Collegiate Fine Arts

    Congratulations to these students continuing their fine arts education in college.

    • Athena Elmer | Band & Choir | University of Oklahoma
    • Hayden Nerius | Choir | Belmont University
    • Myles Robinson | Band | University of North Texas
    • Michael Harb | Band & Choir | Southern Methodist University
    • Saloni Mistry | Art | Art Center College of Design
    • Elyssa Bridges | Band | Texas Women's University
    • Bethany Boerger | Theatre Arts | Stephen F. Austin State University
    • Ruby Dilts | Dance | Oklahoma Baptist University
    • Elyssa Bridges | Band | Texas Woman's University
    • Saloni Mistry | Visual Arts | ArtCenter - California
    • Stephanie Coutts | Band | Texas Tech University
    • Hunter Fields | Choir | Texas A&M University - Commerce
    • Landry Pierce | Band | Baylor University
    • Athena Elmer | Band | University of Oklahoma
    • Zachary LaMendola | Band | University of North Texas
    • Molly Patrick | Visual Arts | Texas Woman's University 
    • Taylor Randall | Visual Arts | University of North Texas
    • Zoe Thompson | Art | Vassar College
    • Arjun Thampi | Band | University of Oklahoma
    • Scout Lee | Visual Arts | University of North Texas
    • Leigh Ann Slowick | Band | Louisiana State University
  • Collegiate Athletics

    MHS Collegiate Athletes

    Congratulations to the student-athletes who have committed or signed their letters of intent to play collegiate sports.

  • Night High School

    MHS Night High School Graduates
    Congratulations to these students for completing their high school education through the Night High School program at Lewisville Learning Center.

    • Connor Campise
    • Nicholas Cluck
    • Jonah Florence
    • Sayed Hashemi
    • Daniel Hepple
    • Cade Pedregon
    • Brittany Reyes
    • Matthew Riding
    • Gage Smith
  • Career and Technical Education

    MHS Graduates with CTE Certifications
    Congratulations to these students for obtaining various Career Technical Education certifications through LISD's Career Centers.


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