Sophia Chen

GPA: 4.69

School Activities/Clubs: varsity tennis, National Honor Society board member and project coordinator, UNICEF Club vice president, four years of Academic Decathlon, Junior Statesmen of America, AP World History, AP Calculus BC, AP U.S. History, AP English Language, AP French Language, AP Chemistry, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Economics, AP Art History, AP English Literature, AP Physics

Community: Newport Beach Public Library Summer Reading Program volunteer, Irvine Chinese School volunteer, peer tutoring, AP World essay grader, community piano recitals, assistant piano teacher

Awards/Honors: National Merit Scholarship finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction, California Scholarship Federation all semesters, ACS Award for AP Chemistry, participated in first year and second year Chemistry Olympiads sophomore and junior year, CdM Academic Letter with Honors, Principal's Honor Roll all semesters, Coach's Award for tennis senior year, All-County Second Team, PCL Sportsmanship Award, JV League Singles Champion sophomore year, various medals including first in math for Academic Decathlon, piano certificate of merit Advanced Level with Honors, Panel Competition Senior

Hobbies/Interests: origami

College Plans: California Institute of Technology; Cornell; UCLA for electrical engineering

Scholarships: Regents and other academic scholarships from multiple UCs, USC University Scholarship

CdM Experience: I had a great experience at CdM. The AP classes were a bit challenging, but I learned a lot and had some really good teachers. I liked playing with the tennis team and being a part of various clubs, which improved my leadership skills


Darya Fadavi

GPA: 4.76

School Activities/Clubs: president and founder of Kids Konnected Club, Academic Decathlon, chapter coordinator of Junior Statesmen of America, National Honor Society, Philosophy Club, World Love Organization, varsity cross-country runner, track and field, Be the Match Club, weekend Farsi school, piano, AP Biology, AP U.S. History, AP Spanish Language, AP English Language, AP Calculus BC, AP World History, AP American Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP English Literature and Composition

Community: Kids Konnected youth counselor, teacher's assistant for Farsi class, volunteer for Pacific Symphony Orchestra, worked in Nicholas Salzameda's biochemistry lab at Cal State Fullerton, 400-plus hours of community service

Awards/Honors: National Merit Scholarship, AP Scholar with Distinction, California Scholarship Federation seven semesters, Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, Academic Letter with Honors, Corona del Mar Spanish Achievement Award, Principal's Honor Roll seven semesters, Sea King Pride Award, Corona del Mar Faculty Award, "600" Club Award STAR test

Hobbies/Interests: painting, swimming, snorkeling, traveling, reading, piano

College Plans: accepted to Johns Hopkins University, UC Berkeley, USC, UCLA, UCSD and UCI to major in bioengineering

Scholarships: National Merit Scholarship, UC Regents Scholarship at Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD and UCI

CdM Experience: I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Corona del Mar. CdM taught me a lot about myself and what kind of person I want to become, and I am extremely grateful for this. Everyone here, the students as well as the teachers and staff, are remarkable people, and I couldn't have asked for a better high school experience.