Three district seniors named Flinn Scholars
Jordan Harb, Nathaniel Ross and Liam Wilson are members of the 34th class of Flinn Scholars.
Mountain View High's Jordan Harb, Mesa High's Nathaniel Ross and Westwood High's Liam Wilson have been named 2019 Flinn Scholars. The highly competitive merit-based award is valued at more than $120,000 and covers tuition, and room and board at an Arizona public university. It also funds study-abroad experiences and a variety of activities. Only 20 students in the state received the prestigious honor out of a record-high 894 applicants.
"Each Flinn Scholar we meet is unique, but these students have something in common besides the capacity to excel in the classroom," says Tammy McLeod, Flinn Foundation president and CEO. "They have deep dedication to their schools, communities, the future of Arizona and the world. The Flinn Foundation is excited not only to announce this new class of Flinn Scholars but to see what lies ahead for them and our state."
Harb and Ross will attend Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. Wilson will attend the University of Arizona Honors College. After freshman year, they will have the opportunity to attend a three-week seminar in China.
Harb will study political science and global studies. He hopes to continue his work as an activist, empowering youth and advocating for education. He selected Mountain View High social studies teacher Jeff Davis as his mentor.
Ross plans to double major in biology and political science. He will pursue a career as a pediatric hematologist. He served as Academic Decathlon president and National Honor Society vice-president, and has earned more than 400 service hours. Mesa High English teacher Amy Andelora is his mentor.
Wilson will major in computer science and math. He hopes to develop scalable systems to better use electronic health record data outside of research settings. He is Westwood High's Academic Decathlon president and math club vice-president. He selected Westwood High Academic Decathlon adviser Rebecca Patrick as his mentor.
(Left to right: Jordan Harb, Nathaniel Ross and Liam Wilson are 2019 Flinn Scholars. Photos courtesy of the Flinn Foundation.)