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2021 Flower Mound High School Senior Spotlight

Get to know the Class of 2021!

2021 FMHS Senior Spotlight

2021 Flower Mound High School Graduation Information

Class of 2021 — we are proud of all you have accomplished! Your final years of high school brought unexpected challenges, but you have continued thriving despite them all. We can't wait to celebrate you on graduation day. 

Lewisville ISD is excited to share this year’s graduation ceremonies will be held at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco (9 Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX 75034). To see all LISD graduation dates, details and FAQs, please visit LISD.net/graduation.

Flower Mound High School’s ceremony will begin Saturday, May 29 at 6 p.m. If you are unable to attend the ceremony in person, be sure to check out the live stream and watch from anywhere: lisd.net/gradstream.


#LISDGrads

#LISDGRADS

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Top Ten Graduates

FMHS Top Ten Graduates

We are celebrating the Class of 2021’s top ten graduates by sharing their plans for the future, who made an impact on them and what they will remember most about their school experience. 


Valedictorian Audrey Nguyen

College/University: University of Texas
Major/Career Plans: I plan to major in biochemistry, and I aim to be a family physician in the future!

Audrey Nguyen

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
There is no doubt that Ms. Dixie Westbrook, my AP Environmental Science teacher, is the teacher who impacted me the most in high school. Like any good instructor, she takes the time to make everyone's learning detailed and comprehensive while maintaining an engaging and collaborative environment in the classroom. The amount of care she puts into each individual's learning experience is astounding, but what moves me the most is her care for the well-being of all of her students. The way she listened to my struggles and gave emotional support in my lowest moments is an example of empathy and kindness that I not only admire but also strive to follow.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories of school are probably the ones in which my friends, teachers, and counselor took the time to actively listen to my troubles whenever I felt myself stressed out or struggling. The satisfaction of knowing that I have supportive people in my life who truly care about my mental health in my hardest moments is something that I will remember and treasure in the years to come.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
As cliché as this sounds, I want us to be remembered as the class who chose to take the initiative to unite and form connections with one another despite the pandemic that separated us. Although many of us could not properly participate in normal functions, our class has adapted as a whole and supported each other in face of these unprecedented circumstances. I hope history remembers us for our resilience in the face of COVID-19.


Salutatorian Shashank Iswara

College/University: University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: Computer Science and Mathematics. I plan on pursuing a career in academia, focusing on theoretical computer science and quantum computing.

Shashank Iswara

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
I have had a lot of great teachers in high school, but if I had to choose one, I would say my Calculus teacher, Mr. Russell Yeatts, has had the biggest impact on me because his class is why I am planning to pursue mathematics in college. The way he taught calculus inspired me to look deeper into the proofs and the mathematical rigor that underline the topics discussed in the class. This is how I really fell in love with the subject.

What are your favorite memories of school?
Four years is too long and my memory is too poor to pick out one favorite memory of high school without a heavy bias for recent events. That being said, playing Times Up for the last few weeks in Physics C has been pretty fun.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I want people to remember that the class of 2021 was still able to grow, improve, and accomplish great things, despite the obvious challenges of this year.


3. Lana Kim

College/University: Rice University
Major/Career Plans: I plan to major in Biosciences with a major concentration in Cell Biology and Genetics on the pre-med track.

Lana Kim

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
I hope to eventually become some sort of pediatrician. Ms. Kelly Hewitt was my GT teacher way back from Vickery Elementary School and still stands to be the most impactful teacher I have ever had -- and might ever have. Ms. Hewitt continuously demonstrated a deep passion for her student's education and well-being, and enabled a young, impressionable me to understand her potential from a really young age, which served as great motivation throughout my time in high school. Since graduating elementary school, it has been a great goal of mine to make it on this senior spotlight page so I can say this: Thank you for everything Ms. Hewitt.

What are your favorite memories of school?
I thoroughly enjoyed going to tennis tournaments and playing matches; it was always really nice to see everyone supporting each other. Also, special shoutout to my AP Chemistry class with Mr. Dalak. Our time was so so sadly cut short due to covid, but in the time we had, we built such a strong bond in the class with our random food parties, constant (correct) guesses on labs, and lighting Mr. Dalak's head on fire :))

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
The Class of 2021 was epic before covid. After covid, the Class of 2021 simply became more epic. With resilience and drastic adaptations, we persevered.


4. Hayley Epps

College/University: Baylor University
Major/Career Plans:  I plan to major in biology, and my career plan is to become a cardiologist.

Hayley Epps

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
My AP Human Geography teacher, Mr. Timothy Fails, impacted me the most. This teacher recognized the hard work I put into his class, which has encouraged me to continue to put in as much effort as possible into my education. His lessons were always fun and informative, and I believe his class helped pave the way for my success in high school.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories of school are the times when I have laughed the most. Whether that be when a teacher has made a joke that causes the whole class to laugh or when my friends and I have been close to tears over something said at the lunch table, my fondest memories are those when I’m having fun with my teachers and peers.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope history remembers the Class of 2021 as a resilient group of students that continued to work hard and accomplish great things even though there were many challenges to overcome along the way. We stayed positive and hopeful, and we were determined to continue to learn.


5. Ira Kondap

College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: I plan to major in biochemistry and psychology and go into research.

Ira Kondap

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
The teacher who has impacted me the most is Mrs. Deborah Becker, my AP World History teacher. Mrs. Becker always made sure to show her students that she genuinely cared about their wellbeing and success. She got everyone in our class excited and involved and tried to make sure we enjoyed her class.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories of school are those of finding a wonderful group of smart and supportive friends. The time I have spent with these friends has introduced me to so many different ideas and experiences that have made my high school journey meaningful and exciting. 

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope history remembers the class of 2021 as a group of dedicated people who made the best of their circumstances and were able to graduate during a pandemic.


6. Arshad Manzar

College/University: The University of Texas at Dallas
Major/Career Plans: I plan to major in Psychology on the pre-med track.

Arshad Manzar

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
Matthew Murdock, Algebra II. Mr. Murdock never failed to make class fun and interesting. His approach to teaching math was unique; he encouraged students to participate, he made sure everyone had a good laugh, and when I was a newbie to high school, he always made me feel welcome. Thanks Mr. Murdock!

What are your favorite memories of school?
Classes were always fun and memorable after AP exams - especially playing obscure board games in Mr. Dalak’s AP Chem class and enjoying the company of chickens in Mrs. Wilson’s AP Bio class.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope history remembers the Class of 2021 as resilient and ambitious. Despite the pandemic, with the help of staff and parents, we adjusted to a new lifestyle and made our best efforts at continuing to learn and make memories while staying supportive to ourselves and our peers.


7. Akhila Damarla

College/University: University of Central Florida
Major/Career Plans: I plan to major in Chemistry as a Burnett Medical Scholar. I’m on a pre-med track, and I hope to join the medical field in the future.

Akhila Damarla

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
The teacher that impacted me the most is Alexa Jones (Chemistry). Mrs. Jones was not only my advisory teacher, but also my role model. She has given me unconditional love and support throughout all my years in high school, and without her, I wouldn't have been able to develop my skills as a student and better myself as a person. In fact, one of the biggest reasons I decided to major in Chemistry was because she was able to pass her passion for the subject onto me.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories of school were during tennis because of the people I've met through my years of playing the sport. I spend time with my teammates on and off the courts, and every second is enjoyable. The amounts of laughs I have on bus rides to tournaments and right after practice seem to be infinite.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I want history to remember the Class of 2021 as an admirable group of students filled with hope and perseverance. Despite having to spend their entire senior year in a pandemic, the Class of 2021 was still able to pursue their passions and enjoy the most out of any situation that they were in.


8. Rupin Vaidya

College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: I plan to major in Chemical Engineering. My goal is to work in industry-level research and development for either environment and energy, advanced materials, or biotechnology.

Rupin Vaidya

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
Mr. David Parsons - AP Physics. In addition to being an exceptional teacher, he has always created a relaxed and entertaining culture in his classroom and lectures, making it fun and interesting to learn. Everyday is a blast in his class. He’s also responsible for expanding my knowledge of board games, which is something I’ll never forget. :)

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite high school memories were creating super interesting projects for classes, such as a hand-built acoustic guitar, mousetrap-powered race car, and countless others. Building these projects with the help of my dad, as well as presenting them to my classmates and seeing their amazing work, were truly amazing memories that I’ll never forget.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
In the years to come, I hope the Class of 2021 is not known as the class that was slighted, but the class that preserved through an unprecedented time and made even more personable and memorable experiences with each other. I also believe this once-in-lifetime experience will create even stronger graduates who will change the world.


9. Nithilan Maanidhii

College/University: The University of Texas at Dallas
Major/Career Plans: I plan to major in Biochemistry, then to medical school to become a doctor.

Nithilan Maanidhii

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
Ms. Dixie Westbrook, AP Environmental Science. Ms. Dixie was easily the coolest and most impactful teacher I’ve had. She always helped us when we had questions and she was super resourceful as well, planning out assignments and labs that made learning environmental science interesting, even when school went virtual. Ms. Dixie was also really knowledgeable about environmental issues and encouraged us all to be more aware and active in doing things like recycling and saving energy. She is also one of the few teachers I keep in touch with!

What are your favorite memories of school?
Being able to see my friends everyday at school was what I cherished most. Whether it was before or after school, between passing periods, or at lunch, I enjoyed the time I spent with my friends at school, since it was one of the few places I could talk and hang out with them. I’m glad that I was able to meet a lot of people and get to know my friends better over these past 4 years.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
Adaptation to whatever came our way was a big part of our graduating year, so I’d want people to remember this class as one that overcame many obstacles. Even though the pandemic altered the course of everybody’s school year and lives in general, life still moved forward in any way possible. Despite it not being easy, the work put in by everyone to make a smooth transition to a safer environment for all should be remembered in the future.


10. Abhinav Chadaga

College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: B.S Computer Science. I want to become an Artificial Intelligence Researcher at a top AI Lab.

Abhinav Chadaga

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
My 10th and 12th grade English teacher, Mrs. Kayla West, has had the greatest impact on me in high school. She instilled in me an eagerness to learn for the sake of improvement rather than a grade. Because of her, I know that I am much more than a single number.

What are your favorite memories of school?
Many of my favorite memories of school were on the varsity tennis team where I made my closest friends - ones that will stay with me for life. Some of these memories include the late night tournaments, victory celebrations, and the hot summer practices.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I know that the class of 2021 will be remembered for the perseverance we have shown in the face of great adversity. Despite many of the hallmarks of our senior year being cancelled due to COVID, and a highly uncertain college admissions process, we were able to pull through and find success. I am certain that the challenges we have faced in the past year will make us some of the world's greatest thinkers, trailblazers, and innovators.


National Merit

National Merit

Since 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has recognized students across the country for their academic achievement through the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP). NMSP is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships, and approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year.

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.

  • Isabel Baron | Flower Mound HS (Shadow Ridge MS, Liberty ES)
  • Gautam Bhaskar | Flower Mound HS
  • Grace Cao | Flower Mound HS (Forestwood MS)
  • Jingying Cao | Flower Mound HS (Forestwood MS, Garden Ridge ES)
  • Abhinav Chadaga | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Liberty ES)
  • Jonathan Cluff | Flower Mound HS (Forestwood MS, Donald ES)
  • Jared Dasher | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Liberty ES)
  • Sloan Davis | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Liberty ES)
  • Suchir Dhurjati | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Liberty ES)
  • Tarik Ehsan | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Old Settlers ES)
  • Hayley Epps | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Wellington ES)
  • Anna Ernst | Flower Mound HS
  • Mishika Govil | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Liberty ES)
  • Anya Gupta | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Liberty ES)
  • Jacob Holt | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS)
  • Mark Horner | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Old Settlers ES)
  • Shashank Iswara | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Wellington ES)
  • Samarth Kamat | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Old Settlers ES)
  • Bhavyasri Kasu | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Old Settlers ES)
  • Mincheol Kim | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Liberty ES, Wellington ES)
  • Anshika Kondala | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Old Settlers ES, Wellington ES)
  • Ira Kondap | Flower Mound HS (Shadow Ridge MS, Bluebonnet ES)
  • Kriti Kumar | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Shadow Ridge MS, Wellington ES)
  • Sarisha Malla | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Wellington ES)
  • Arshad Manzar | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS)
  • Ashna Mulastanam | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Wellington ES)
  • Aniket Pal | Flower Mound HS (Shadow Ridge MS, Bluebonnet ES)
  • Sanjana Poonuru | Flower Mound HS
  • Raul Santos | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Liberty ES)
  • Sean Sepdham | Flower Mound HS (Forestwood MS, Donald ES)
  • Rupin Vaidya | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Liberty ES)
  • Julia Vasconcellos | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Old Settlers ES)
  • Shruti Vummadising | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Liberty ES)
  • Jeffrey Zhang | Flower Mound HS (McKamy MS, Wellington 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.

  • Isabel Baron | Flower Mound HS
  • Gautam Bhaskar | Flower Mound HS
  • Grace Cao | Flower Mound HS
  • Jingying Cao | Flower Mound HS
  • Abhinav Chadaga | Flower Mound HS
  • Jonathan Cluff | Flower Mound HS
  • Jared Dasher | Flower Mound HS
  • Sloan Davis | Flower Mound HS
  • Suchir Dhurjati | Flower Mound HS
  • Tarik Ehsan | Flower Mound HS
  • Hayley Epps | Flower Mound HS
  • Anna Ernst | Flower Mound HS
  • Mishika Govil | Flower Mound HS
  • Anya Gupta | Flower Mound HS
  • Jacob Holt | Flower Mound HS
  • Mark Horner | Flower Mound HS
  • Shashank Iswara | Flower Mound HS
  • Samarth Kamat | Flower Mound HS
  • Bhavyasri Kasu | Flower Mound HS
  • Mincheol Kim | Flower Mound HS
  • Anshika Kondala | Flower Mound HS
  • Ira Kondap | Flower Mound HS
  • Kriti Kumar | Flower Mound HS
  • Jeffrey Liu | Flower Mound HS
  • Arshad Manzar | Flower Mound HS
  • Ashna Mulastanam | Flower Mound HS
  • Aniket Pal | Flower Mound HS
  • Cullen Pipkin | Flower Mound HS
  • Santana Poonuru | Flower Mound HS
  • Raul Santos | Flower Mound HS
  • Sean Sepdham | Flower Mound HS
  • Rupin Vaidya | Flower Mound HS
  • Julia Vasconcellos | Flower Mound HS
  • Shruti Vummadising | Flower Mound HS
  • Jeffrey Zhang | Flower Mound HS

Collegiate Fine Arts

FMHS Collegiate Fine Arts

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

  • Ryan Bailey | Theatre | Louisiana State University
  • Mitchell Breedlove | Choir, Theatre | Oklahoma State University
  • Charles Gautreaux | Band | Louisiana State University
  • Peyton Hall | Theatre | University of Oregon
  • Noe Hernandez | Band | University of North Texas
  • Coby Hughes | Theatre | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Camryn Lafargue | Orchestra | University of North Texas
  • Nathan Malapitan | Orchestra | Midwestern State University
  • Bryce McHenry | Orchestra, Art | University of Alabama
  • Jenna Schmidt | Art, Orchestra | School of the Art Institute Chicago
  • Aaron Sieve | Band | The Royal Conservatory of Music
  • Emma Shearer | Choir | Baylor University
  • Campbell Tippett | Art | Arizona State University

Collegiate Athletics

FMHS Collegiate Athletics

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

  • Jack Arthur | Baseball | University of Texas
  • Jayden Chatman | Baseball | Frank Phillips College
  • Santhosh Gottam | Baseball | Brown University
  • Jackson Irwin | Baseball | Frank Phillips College
  • Josh Johnson | Baseball | University of New Mexico
  • Jackson Rains | Baseball | Allen County College
  • Austin Russell | Baseball | University of New Mexico
  • Paulina Porter | Basketball | Austin College
  • Allie Lyda | Cross Country/Track | University of Oklahoma
  • Hannah McLaughlin | Cross Country/Track | Arkansas State University
  • Jacob Ricks | Cross Country/Track | Belmont University
  • Jordynn Connell | Diving | Howard University
  • Nate Adams | Football | University of Hawaii
  • Bert Auburn | Football | University of Texas
  • Landon Colby | Football | Hardin-Simmons University
  • Stone Eby | Football | Southern Methodist University
  • Carson Selee | Football | Southern Nazarene University
  • Allyson Barth | Golf | Western Michigan 
  • Brooke Dishman | Golf | Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Rohit Madireddi | Golf | University of North Texas
  • Chase Walts | Golf | Methodist University-North Carolina
  • Tatum Beck | Soccer | University of Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Madison Schott | Soccer | University of Alabama
  • Peyton Whipple | Soccer | University of Arkansas
  • Allie Hammond | Softball | Dodge City Community College
  • Jordyn Holland | Softball | Henderson State University
  • Brooke Nauman | Softball | Odessa College
  • Jacob Dix | Swimming | University of Utah
  • Riley Edmundson | Swimming | University of North Carolina-Asheville
  • Kaylee Cox | Volleyball | University of Missouri
  • Angelique Cyr | Volleyball | Arizona State University
  • Caroline Dykes | Volleyball | East Tennessee State University
  • Hailey Hutchings | Volleyball | Grand Canyon University
  • Addison McGowan | Water Polo | University of Pacific 

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