2022 FMHS Senior Spotlight

  • Flower Mound High School 2022 Senior Spotlight

    Flower Mound 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 FMHS Students

    Valedictorian: Joseph Risberg
    University / college: University of Texas at Austin
    Major / career plans: Electrical and computer engineering. I’m planning on a career in computer hardware systems. 

    Joseph Risberg

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Mr. Russell Yeatts, calculus. He taught me how to enjoy the process of building and connecting knowledge in different areas of math. More importantly, he humanized the learning environment in a way that truly connected with students, myself included.

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    I enjoy thinking back on the days when I was a freshman in the marching band, filled with dreams and reservations, surrounded by compassionate upperclassmen. Those were the people that made me who I am today.

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    The Class of 2022 has had to deal with the consequences of major national and global events taking place over the past two years, just like everyone else; however, I see our comfort in shared experiences and our attempts to forge on with a sense of normalcy to be a marker of unique success, something that will prepare us to tackle the future.


    Salutatorian: Victoria Ren
    University / college: University of Texas at Dallas
    Major / career plans: I plan to major in computer science, then enter the industry in a tech startup.

    Victoria Ren

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Rebecca Bowen, my AP Literature teacher. She was always kind and genuinely cared about all of her students. Also, she made literature really enjoyable and introduced me to a lot of new books and plays. I learned a lot about life in her class!

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    My favorite memories are of hanging out with friends. Catching up at lunch, in the hallways, in classes, and talking about anything and everything.

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    I hope the Class of 2022 is remembered as the class that accomplished amazing things, despite any challenges. Above all, I hope we are remembered as a group of dedicated and optimistic students who want to make the world better.


    3. Mithra Arun
    University / college: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    Major / career plans: I will be majoring in neuroscience or psychology, with the intent to pursue a career in autism research and/or academia.

    Mithra Arun

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Brian Dalak, AP Chemistry. Mr. Dalak’s classroom is always loud. Even the quietest students find a space to express themselves in the lively and easygoing environment he creates. Mr. Dalak’s humor and energy is contagious — whether in the classroom, the hallways, or after school in the parking lot playing Pokémon GO, his presence never fails to put a smile on my face!

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    I cannot pinpoint a certain set of events that holds special significance for me. Rather, my favorite memories of school are of the people I have met, known, and that have shaped my experiences. To that end, playing Compliment Ball in Ms. Schmaltz’s class was a weekly activity that made me unlikely and long-lasting friendships (and revealed my lack of hand-eye coordination).

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    Our goal for this school year was rebuilding — the Class of 2022 has done an exceptional job transitioning to academic normalcy and revitalizing extracurricular programs. One set of students I’d like to highlight is this year’s graduating seniors from COF. Our special education students continued to grow and learn despite a year connected to their peers solely through WebEx calls. I hope the collective success of the Class of 2022 inspires future students to continue in this upward trajectory.


    4. Aarush Das
    University / college: The University of California at Berkeley
    Major / career plans: I plan to major in electrical engineering and computer science and hope to join a technology firm.

    Aarush Das

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Mr. Dave Parsons truly creates an environment for his students that interweaves understanding difficult physics concepts with a fun atmosphere. Every day I step into his classroom, I'm excited to learn about what others may find boring because Mr. Parsons knows how to make learning an enjoyable experience with his jokes and games.

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    My favorite memories of school would have to come from the late nights of tomfoolery my friends and I got up to at robotics competitions. With these experiences came close friendships, ruined sleep schedules, and unforgettable memories.

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    I hope we are remembered as the class that perseveres. We had a pandemic hit us during our most critical years of high school and despite the challenges we had to endure, we made it through to the other side as better versions of ourselves.


    5. Samanta Lopez
    University / college: Johns Hopkins University
    Major / career plans: Biomedical engineering

    Samanta Lopez

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Ms. Allie Schmaltz - English. Ms. S inspired me with her daily reminder to “make good choices, be a good human being, and change the world for the better.” Not only did I become a better writer in her class, but she was always supportive outside of the classroom whether we were working on our bullet journals or discussing books.

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    My favorite memories of school were going to tennis tournaments with my teammates. Whether it was competing in doubles and singles or cheering my teammates on, I always enjoyed myself and learned from the experiences.

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    I hope history remembers the Class of 2022 as a class who embraced change. At first the pandemic caused us to stay at home after spring break, and we all had to adjust to online school. Even the year after that, whether we were virtual, virtual plus, or in person, the Class of 2022 persevered through the changes caused by the situation from going between school and home during the school day or wearing masks at school. Together we got through the new normal.


    6. Sanjana Tata

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    7. Aidan Gesch
    University / college: University of Alabama
    Major / career plans: Aerospace engineering. I would like to work on space missions. 

    Aidan Gesch

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Brian Dalak - AP Chemistry. Mr. Dalak showed me to enjoy difficult subjects and his class was the first time my learning applied to the real world.

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    My favorite memories of school are spending time in after school clubs and practices like the FMHS Asian Culture Club and AFJROTC Drill. 

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    I hope history remembers our endurance as we went through a constantly changing high school experience, one semester at a time.


    8. Kennard Wong
    University / college: University of Texas at Dallas
    Major / career plans: Neuroscience, medical school, and dermatology. 

    Kennard Wong

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Matthew Kloske - AP Macroeconomics. Mr. Kloske made one of the most boring topics, macroeconomics, extremely fun and interesting. Instead of learning graphs and formulas everyday, he was able to make slideshows enjoyable and incorporated many group activities to keep the class engaged. Besides his teaching ability, what most impacted me was the bits of life advice he would give sporadically. I might never meet another teacher as great as Mr. Kloske again and his advice will stick with me for the rest of my life.

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    One of my favorite memories, especially senior year, is spending time with my friends between periods, in classes together, in orchestra, or even at lunch. Another great memory I will never forget of school will be Prom.

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    The Class of 2022 has experienced some of the most unusual events in history. However, I hope these events don’t become the definition of the Class of 2022. Instead, history should remember this class for its growth and perseverance through these times and finally bringing back old and new opportunities for the future.


    9. Rajit Goel
    University / college: University of Texas at Dallas
    Major / career plans: Computer science. My ultimate goal is to work in digital media and branding, focusing on UI/UX and informatics. 

    Rajit Goel

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Mrs. Deborah Becker - AP World History/UIL Coach. Mrs. Becker has really taught me a whole lot about history especially in UIL, and she’s always passed on her good will and mentoring despite the distancing circumstances. I always loved that I was able to discuss anything I really wanted about the topics we covered. She has always been there for me and supported my every decision, so I really appreciate her for that!

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    It would be hard to narrow all of the school's moments into one memory. But if I had to say, it would be finding a group of friends that I could spend my time with and just see them everyday whether it be in school, orchestra, robotics, or outside of school. Being able to be a part of all these different groups of people has really enriched my experience in high school and made it way more fun than I had expected it to be!

    In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2022?
    I hope history remembers the Class of 2022, not as the one who experienced the pandemic, but as the one who was flexible and adaptable throughout this whole process. Improvise, adapt, overcome!


    10. Madhav Badithela
    University / college: New York University
    Major / career plans: I plan on majoring in finance and computer science at the Stern School of Business. 

    Madhav Badithela

    What teacher impacted you the most and how/why?
    Mr Russell Yeatts. Nuff said.

    What are your favorite memories of school?
    Since my freshman year, many of my favorite memories of school were made on the varsity tennis team. The late night tournaments, taking Ws, and team dinners, are things that I will genuinely miss. I hope to make those same type of memories on the NYU team.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • fmhsfinearts

    FMHS Collegiate Fine Arts

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

    • Sui Shimokawa | Orchestra | University of Texas at Austin
    • Sophia Campbell | Theatre | University of Texas at Austin
    • Brady Connor | Band | Baylor University
    • Brodan Gardner | Band | Oklahoma State University
    • Michael Young | Band | Southern Methodist University
    • AnnaClaire Arterbury | Choir | Oklahoma State University
    • Jay Paris | Choir | Texas Women’s University
    • Madline Birdsall | Art | Savannah College of Art and Design
    • Matthews Richards | Choir | University of North Texas College of Music
    • Cameron Kirby | Theatre & Choir | Sam Houston State University
    • Kylie Winterburn | Theatre | University of Alabama
  • Collegiate Athletics

    FMHS Collegiate Athletes

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

  • Night High School

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

    • Ben Elmer 

  • Career and Technical Education

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


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