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2021 Marcus High School Senior Spotlight

Get to know the Class of 2021!

Marcus High School 2021 SENIOR SPOTLIGHT

2021 Marcus 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.

Marcus High School’s ceremony will begin Saturday, May 29 at 9 a.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

We want to share this amazing milestone with you! We invite all LISD seniors and their families to share those final senior posts, graduation photos and videos with the LISD community by using “#LISDgrads” on your favorite social media. 


Top Ten Graduates

MHS 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 Katherine Eddleman

College/University: New York University
Major/Career Plans: Environmental Studies, I plan to be an environmental lawyer.

Katherine Eddleman

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
Debbie Brininstool, AP English Lang and AP US History, impacted me the most because her class and teaching was so insightful and really helped to broaden my understanding of the world inside and outside of the classroom.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memory was making pancakes in Mr. Hinsley’s AP biology class with my best friend, Ella Schroeder.

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, adaptable, and strong in the face of all of the challenges this year, whether health-related, political, academic, or personal.


Salutatorian Ian Farrar

College/University: Texas A&M
Major/Career Plans: Electrical Engineering

Ian Farrar

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
Mr. Ramirez is the teacher that has impacted me the most. I’ve always had an interest in physics, but Mr. Ramirez made every class interesting and made me more excited to learn than any other class I have taken.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories of school are just getting to know and spending time with friends. My time spent with admirable people such as Stephen Ranieri will never be forgotten.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
History will remember us as the second Lost Generation, deprived of the typical senior experience, but we persevered over these unprecedented circumstances.


3. Jaxson Myrick

College/University: The University of Texas at Dallas
Major/Career Plans: Computer Science

Jaxson Myrick

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
Janet Hutley, my AP Chemistry Teacher, impacted me the most because she was a great AP Chemistry teacher and UIL Science coach.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories of school are classes and lunch.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope history remembers us as adaptable to adverse circumstances.


4. Aarthi Lokram

College/University: Texas A&M
Major/Career Plans: I am majoring in biomedical science. I plan to become an exotic animal vet.

Aarthi Lokram

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
Mrs. Hutley (Janet Hutley- AP Chemistry) impacted me most. She created a class where learning the material was more important than earning a certain grade.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories of school are the first day of school, and the last day of school.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope history remembers the Class of 2021 as the group of kids who got practically no senior year but still made it through. 


5. Neha Yawalkar

College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: I’ll be majoring in neuroscience! I aim to attend medical school and go into population health policy, specifically to increase access to healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community.

Neha Yawalkar

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
Mr. Marco Ramirez, my AP Physics teacher. Mr. Ramirez managed to make the most difficult class of my high school career into a nurturing, encouraging journey that helped me learn my value as a human being and taught me to embrace challenges with open arms. His class helped me maintain a positive mental health, and I love his phun spellings :’)

What are your favorite memories of school?
I love the afternoons my friends spent sitting in our little corner of Marcus, at the table in B-Hall that overlooks the library. We talked for hours and poured over homework and practiced for presentations together. I’ll cherish those memories forever.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
We’re the year that survived against all odds. COVID-19 hit our college applications hard, our senior milestones hard, our friendships and experiences hard, and our mental and physical health hard. Despite all of it, we learned to survive. We struggled, but we paved the path forward for future generations to not only survive, but thrive. I am proud of the Class of 2021. 


6. Boris Fosso

College/University: The University of Chicago
Major/Career Plans: Biology Major/Future Neurosurgeon

Boris Fosso

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
Sujata Durvasula, AP Biology Teacher; Through her teaching style and engaging labs, I found my love for biology in this class which I explored through my next few years of high school, leading me to want to be a surgeon.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories would definitely be going to our varsity sports games. There is little that compares to the exhilaration of cheering on our team as they rise over a rival, especially as underdogs.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
Our perseverance; We came together through a pandemic to not only continue our education, but continue our sports, clubs, and more, through many regulations. 


7. Ella Schroeder

College/University: Boston University
Major/Career Plans: I am majoring in English and I want to work in book publishing.

Ella Schroeder

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
My 10th grade Pre-AP English teacher, Katie Walta, impacted me the most throughout my high school career. She is the most caring and passionate teacher I have ever had and she is the one who helped nurture my love for English. Mrs. Walta is always there to help me with my writing, give out a great book recommendation, or give me advice. I don’t think I would be in the same place academically or personally without her.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memory of high school is playing Just Dance with my freshman year Humanities class.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope that the Class of 2021 is remembered for its perseverance and fluidity in spite of such horrible circumstances. 


8. Emily Kane

College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: I am majoring in biology with an interest in pursuing biological research.

Emily Kane

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
The teacher that has most prominently impacted me as both a student and a person is Lauren Kirby, who taught me AP United States History. Mrs. Kirby consistently encouraged individual success in each student she taught, and I certainly was not an exception. The genuine care she possessed for her students ultimately allowed me to flourish as a better version of myself.

What are your favorite memories of school?
Many of my favorite memories throughout my educational career have taken place in choir. Like other comparable organizations, the aspect of shared interest generates a distinct element of community among the members of choir. As a result, I have been fortunate enough to meet my closest friends in choir, and my most positive memories are of times spent performing and connecting with these people.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
The Class of 2021 has undoubtedly undergone a unique high school experience, but the resilience and strength we have demonstrated in the face of the pandemic’s challenges and adversities is most worthy of remembrance. Rather than succumbing to the tribulation that such sudden change inflicted upon us, we have continually managed to uphold our values and pursue success, which is an evident achievement in itself. 


9. Alexandra Warren

College/University: University of Miami
Major/Career Plans: I’m currently set to major in business, but I plan on double majoring in psychology and becoming a therapist!

Alexandra Warren

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
Tracy Jennings and Nikki Minich. They both teach humanities.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories have been making playoffs in volleyball and the field trips we took with humanities freshman year!

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope history remembers the Class of 2021 as one that takes lemons and makes lemonade. This year was extremely difficult and the seniors didn’t get to do the things we normally get to, but that didn’t stop us from things like organizing a prom, playing senior assassin, and organizing a powderpuff. We dealt with what we were handed and made the best of it! 


10. Alyena Gilani

College/University: Washington University in St.Louis
Major/Career Plans: Undecided

Alyena Gilani

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
The teacher that impacted me the most would have to be Ms. LaJuana Hale who taught me broadcast journalism. She really helped me find a place for myself in high school supported me through everything.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories of school would have to include just getting to see my friends every day (pre-Covid) and just the general atmosphere. All of my teachers tried to make school as welcoming and safe as possible, and I'm truly going to miss all of them.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope the Class of 2021 is remember as a class that persevered despite having to live through a pandemic. Everyone who is graduating this year is so strong, and I hope that in the future, we are looked back upon as students who made the best out of a not so great situation.


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.

MHS 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.

  • Ian Farrar | Marcus HS (Briarhill MS, Heritage ES)
  • Alec Farris | Marcus HS (Downing MS, Bridlewood ES)
  • Boris-Jerrell Fosso | Marcus HS (Briarhill MS, Heritage ES)
  • Alyena Gilani | Marcus HS (Briarhill MS, McAuliffe ES)
  • Kaleb Moberg | Marcus HS (Downing MS)
  • Jaxson Myrick | Marcus HS (Briarhill MS)
  • Donald Raymond | Marcus HS
  • Pranav Sridhar | Marcus HS (Lamar MS, Prairie Trail ES)
  • Catherine Vickers | Marcus HS (Downing MS, Bridlewood ES, Timbercreek ES)
  • Luke Wacker | Marcus HS (Briarhill MS, Heritage ES)
  • Alexandra Warren | Marcus HS (Downing MS, Bridlewood ES)
  • Neha Yawalkar | Marcus HS (Downing MS)

MHS 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.

  • Ian Farrar | Marcus HS
  • Alec Farris | Marcus HS
  • Boris-Jerrell Fosso | Marcus HS
  • Alyena Gilani | Marcus HS
  • Kaleb Moberg | Marcus HS
  • Jaxson Myrick | Marcus HS
  • Donald Raymond | Marcus HS
  • Sridhar Pranav | Marcus HS
  • Catherine Vickers | Marcus HS
  • Luke Wacker | Marcus HS
  • Alexandra Warren | Marcus HS
  • Neha Yawalkar | Marcus HS

Collegiate Fine Arts

MHS Collegiate Fine Arts

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

  • Olivia Aranda | Art | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Anthony Breidi | Band | Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Luca Buongiorno Nardelli | Orchestra | University of North Texas
  • Elizabeth Joos | Theatre, Band | Oklahoma City University

Collegiate Athletics

MHS Collegiate Athletics

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

  • Ty Johnson | Baseball | McLennan Community College
  • Wesley Jordan | Baseball | Navarro Junior College
  • Robert Landgraf | Baseball | Carl Albert Junior College
  • Aidan Legner | Baseball | Muhlenberg College (Penn.)
  • Michael Lindsey | Baseball | Howard Junior College
  • Jeff Martz | Baseball | Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Ben McGinnis | Baseball | Navarro Junior College
  • Camron Montz | Baseball | Hill Junior College
  • Tyler Schott | Baseball | Dallas Baptist University
  • Hunter Teplanszky | Baseball | TCU
  • Conner Wyatt | Baseball | Carl Albert Junior College
  • Evan McGoldrick | Basketball | McPherson College
  • Maiyah Watkins | Basketball | Midwestern State University
  • Payton Evert | Cross Country/Track | Arkansas Tech University
  • Madeline Moran | Diving | University of Northern Iowa
  • Christian Espinoza | Football | Southwest Baptist University
  • Garrett Nussmeier | Football | Louisiana State University
  • J. Michael Sturdivant | Football | University of California at Berkeley
  • Hunter Sanders | Football | Air Force Academy 
  • Bryson Wade | Football | Friends University
  • DeClayton Williams | Football | Missouri Valley College
  • Jordan Dusckas | Golf | Texas A&M Commerce
  • Tristan Fredrick | Golf | East Texas Baptist University
  • Claire Reynolds | Golf | Millsaps College 
  • KJ Johnson | Gymnastics | Louisiana State University
  • Caroline Hilliard | Soccer | Northwestern State University
  • William Podeca | Soccer | Mercer University
  • Leah Roulston | Soccer | Texas Women's University
  • Kelly Van Gundy | Soccer | University of Central Arkansas
  • Emma Adair | Softball | Hardin-Simmons University
  • Bella Hernandez | Softball | Tarleton State University
  • Brooke Johnson | Softball | Harding University
  • Abby Kubin | Softball | University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Abby Olivier | Softball | Haverford College
  • Hannah Turner | Softball | Yale University
  • Matalyn Wolkow | Softball | McLennan Community College
  • Kaylyn King | Swimming | University of North Texas
  • Halle Blount | Volleyball | Texas A&M Commerce
  • Paige Hartsburg | Volleyball | Hill Junior College
  • Zae McPherson | Wrestling | Texas Wesleyan University

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