The 72 graduates in the ASMS Class of 2016 earned more than $11.5 million in merit-based scholarships with a composite ACT average of 29.0.
Jacob Dennis, who is originally from Prattville, Ala., will major in mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama, where he received the Presidential Scholarship, Engineering Departmental Scholarship, two Alumni Scholarships, and H. Pettus Randall Memorial Scholarship. He was also selected to be a Crimson Scholar. While at ASMS, Dennis served as Key Club Lieutenant Governor for Mobile County and District Governor for Alabama, president of the French Honor Society, and SGA Activities Committee representative.
Ozark Ala., native Inaya Molina will be attending Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. Molina received the Hays Scholarship, which is awarded to four students each year and provides full tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees for four years of study. While at ASMS, Molina served as a member of the Residential Life Support Team (RLST), vice president of Off the Leash, and president of Allies.
Wesley Oliver, who is from the small, rural town of Aliceville, will attend New York University and study Finance in the Stern School of Business. During his time at ASMS, Oliver served as the Junior Civitan Club president and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) vice-president. He was a member of Beta Club and Key Club and served as a RLST member and Ambassador. His favorite classes included the Organic Chemistry series with Dr. Rambo and Computer Science with Dr. Lilly.
Sophia Dodd is from Fort Payne, Ala., and will be attending Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Although her current plan is to major in Anthropology and minor in Studio Art, Dodd is excited to explore other majors and potentially discover a new academic love. Dodd was the vice president of Key Club and a member of the Firewire newspaper, Choir, and RLST. Her favorite experience was the Special Projects trip to Peru and climbing Machu Picchu.
Matthew Kang, who is from Mobile, Ala., will be attending Johns Hopkins University and double majoring in Public Health Studies and Molecular/Cellular Biology. Kang received enough financial aid from Johns Hopkins to cover full tuition. He plans to attend medical school in the future. Kang was a member of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club, and attended the HOSA National Conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Rafael Shinsato is from Spanish Fort, Ala., and will attend the Georgia Institute of Technology to study Computer Science. “ASMS helped me become a leader,” Shinsato says. During his time at ASMS, Shinato was a member of NHS, Math Circle, Math Tutors, and Beta Club. His favorite course was AP Computer Science, which not only prepared him for the AP test, but also prepared him with skills that he’ll need for the work place.
Gustavo Capo attended Enterprise High School before coming to ASMS. In the fall, Capo will attend Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., to study Chemistry. During his time at ASMS, Capo was a member of Key Club, Spanish Honor Society, Science Olympiad, and ASMS Basketball Team. He served as an Ambassador, treasurer of the Senior Class, and Alabama’s Vice President for HOSA. His favorite class was Journalism with Mrs. Natalie Cochran-Murray.
Daphne, Ala., native Amanda Peterson will attend Tulane University in New Orleans to study Chemistry and French. Peterson received the Academic Achievement Award. During her time at ASMS, Peterson served as an Ambassador, RLST member, and soccer team co-captain. She was also a member of Beta Club and NHS. While at ASMS, Peterson enjoyed taking Organic Chemistry and English electives.
Brandon Brooks, who is from Enterprise, Ala., will attend George Washington University in Washington D.C. Brooks was accepted into the Elliot School of International Affairs. He received the GWU Presidential Merit Scholarship. During his time at ASMS, Brooks served as Junior Civitan treasurer, Multicultural vice president, co-president of TADAA, Mobile Teen Drug Education Council Ambassador, and Co-Head ASMS Ambassador.
Kayla Bell grew up in small-town Emelle, Ala. Bell will attend the University of Alabama (UA) and major in Mechanical Engineering. Bell received the Capstone Scholarship, an Engineering scholarship, and a third-party scholarship, UNCF. During her time at ASMS, Bell maintained a 4.0 GPA, was a member of Women of the World, Mentors, and Black Student Union, and served as captain of the Robotics Team.