Cougar Spotlight

Cougars in the news

Vaishali Jha

Vaishali Jha, class of 2024, has been recognized by the Iota Sigma Pi - National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, receiving the Outstanding Young Women in Chemistry Award. Featured in the prestigious Iotan publication, this honor reflects her dedication to scientific advancements in the field of chemistry. 

Ayush Sodani

Ayush Sodani, 11th grader at EVHS has won 4 awards at Synopsis Science fair this year. He is also invited to advance at state science fair, 

California Science and Engineering  Fair (CSEF). Below are the details of his awards:

Synopsys Silicon Valley Science & Tech EV Champs

Ashmita Appineni

Raghav Garimella

Raghav Garimella, a junior at Evergreen Valley High School, qualified to be a finalist at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles from. He won the 1st place award in Biological Science and Engineering category in the Synopsys Science and Engineering Fair, advancing to the state qualifier California Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF).

Ryka Aprameyan

Cal-Hi Sports Northern CA Player of the Week!

PTSA President's Volunteer Service Award Winners

EVHS PTSA awards this honor to students who perform volunteer service hours for our Evergreen community.  


Over 100 Students Registered

It was amazing to see students' creativity and the outcome that was produced in such a short time frame

GBB are league champs

They finished their regular season 10 : 0 and won the league!

Good Luck in the post season cougars!

ESUHSD MLK Art, Writing and Video Competition Results

Congratulations to all of our students who participated and the teachers who supported them.   All site winners and grand prize winners will be honored on February 1, 2024 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing, and Video Awards Ceremony in our district office boardroom.

Angelina Quin

1st place - Art

Jamie Nguyen

1st place Video (link)

Daysha Bailey

2nd Place Art

Esha Karakala

2nd place - Writing (link)

Academic Decathlon sweeps the region

OVERALL High Scores in all 10 tests: 

Sneha Dev - GOLD (as a freshman! )

Roshan Venkatesh - SILVER

Sreekarthikeya Kankanala - BRONZE


Rick Yang - GOLD

Roshan Venkatesh - GOLD

Agrawal Pratinav - SILVER

Joshua Huang - SILVER

Aditya Pandey - Bronze


Sreekarthikeya Kankanala - GOLD

Varad Desai - SILVER

Ari Phan - BRONZE


Joshua Huang - GOLD 

Ronak Suri - SILVER


Sreekarthikeya Kankanala - GOLD

Roshan Venkatesh - BRONZE

Social Science: 

Sneha Dev - GOLD


Rick Yang - GOLD

Ari Phan - SILVER

Ronak Suri - BRONZE


Ronak Suri - SILVER

Sreekar Baddepudi - BRONZE


Joshua Huang - GOLD 

Ronak Suri - SILVER


Rick Yang - GOLD

Ari Phan - SILVER

Ronak Suri - BRONZE


Ronak Suri - SILVER

Sreekar Baddepudi - BRONZE


Roshan Venkatesh - GOLD


Roshan Venkatesh - GOLD

Vishaka Ashok

Congratulations for winning first place in the To Be Honest Fall '23 Art Contest!  Vishaka is an incredibly talented and tenacious student. We are beyond proud of all their hard work and dedication! They should be so proud of themselves and remember this moment always. Way to go Vishaka!!!!

Noah Holsberg

2023 Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Selection

Has been selected to play in the Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Football Game on February 3rd. Congratulations Noah!!

Eleanor Yan 

& Sean Koh

Two EV students made the All State Ensembles this year! They made it in two of the most competitive sections and they are both in the Symphonic Band. 

This means they are in the top 200 band musicians in the state of California! They will perform in January in Sacramento.

isha Bajpai

Isha Bajpai competed at the 2023 US Open for Table Tennis held in Ontario, California on Dec. 16-21st.  She won a bronze medal in the Girls U17 Doubles event. 

Nisa Keshwani

Nisa Keshwani has achieved a prestigious milestone in Curling by qualifying for the highly competitive Under 18 National Curling Championship, notably serving as the Skip (Team Captain). Team Keshwani will be representing the Mountain Pacific Region, spanning seven states, including California, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, and Utah. Nisa's USA National Team will be competing in Colorado this week!

Girls volleyball

JV Team:

Varsity Team:

National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists

Pranit Agrawal, Felicia Chiu, Simar Gupta, Christina Y. Huang, Ritvik Ivaturi, Aarush Joshi, Eshaan R. Kaipa, Abhishree Mishra, Ojasvi Mudda, Jamie Nguyen, Pranati Prashanth, Sanjith Raman, Anuj Sheth, Kshitij Teotia, Prajwal Vandana, Sumukh Venkatesh, Sohia Zhang

Cougars in the news 2022 2023

Tiffany Dang

Tiffany Dang is awarded the prestigious Fiat Lux scholarship from UC Berkeley

Ojasvi Mudda

Won a Gold Medal (Top 5%) in the British Biology Olympiad, Honorable Mention in USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) Semifinal. Is a USABO semifinalist with an Honorable Mention awarded for the top 125.

She also received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (2022-2023) for her volunteering service from Chirag Evergreen Chapter, a nonprofit organization.

Ritali Jain

US Presidential Scholar Semifinalist for the US Presidential Scholars Program by the United States Department of Education. This honor is given to 628 U.S. students out of 5 million high school seniors.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the country’s highest honors for graduating high school seniors recognizes students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts, along with those excelling in the “career and technical education” fields, which focuses on industry-specific training for a student’s future job. Nearly 3.6 million high school seniors around the country applied for the award and only 16 Bay Area students are among just 628 throughout the nation to have made it to the semifinalist round.

Anti Venti

San Jose Tech Interactive held the final showcase of the "Survive the Storm" Tech Challenge event. Joshika Balaji (Grade 10) participated with one other team member(Piedmont High) and emerged as Outstanding Overall winners. Her team Anti Venti did well in Engineering journal, Design, Device performance and aced the interview and won outstanding overall award.

Sumukh Venkatesh

Sumukh finished second in the US Geography National Championship varsity division held in Arlington, VA. As a result, he qualified to represent the United States in the International Geo Olympiad(iGeo) to be held in Bandung, Indonesia, in August.


Raghav Garimella and Rajvir Singh from Evergreen Valley High School won 3rd place in Novice Division at the Lockheed Martin Code Quest 2023 Competition held in-person at the Sunnyvale location. Code Quest worldwide had 1600 students in 622 teams compete across 17 in-person locations and two virtual sites. This team ranked 14th worldwide.

Alex Li

Alex Li has been selected as one of the winners of the 2023 Intuit TurboTax Prosperity Hub School District Scholarship Contest! He not only completed the Intuit TurboTax Simulation to help him prepare for life beyond the classroom but wrote an essay about how his access to this education has made an impact on his future! Great work! #Intuit #TurboTax #EVERFI #EVERFIK12

Alyana Torres

Received a National Recognition Program award from the College Board. We are proud of her hard work and dedication. 

Vaishali Jha

As the founder and president of Caregena, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting numerous foster centers, Vaishali Jha, has successfully raised over $8000 dollars of supplies. In recognition of her outstanding contributions, she has been honored with the Mayor's Commendation Award by Council member Domingo Candelas and the City Council of San Jose.

Jian Kweon

Jian Kweon, an EVHS Math Club student has won the USAMO HONORABLE MENTION award by scoring a score of 17. (minimum score for honorable mention is 14)

Congratulations Jian & thank you Ms. Bhatnagar for your support.

Boys volleyball made it to the CCS quarter finals - further than any other boys volleyball team at EV.  The team had a record of 9:3 in A league and was led by senior Alex Khov and juniors Shobhit Venkataraman and Ritvik Ivaturi.

Speech and Debate Club 2022-2023

Parliamentary Debate Successes

Special shout out to the following three students, 

Anya Rong, Syona Bhide, and Pranya Nagpal

who qualified for one or both of the most prestigious Speech and Debate tournaments in the country -- the Tournament of Champions (TOC) and the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC). 

Speech Successes

Lincoln Douglas Debate Successes

Public Forum Debate Successes

EVHS & ESUHSD 2023 Cesar Chavez Contest Winners

Atishay Lalgudi

Grand Prize Video Winner

Shriya Shetty 

1st Place black Ink and Graphite

Kate Le 

2nd place col. pencil, graphite, & ink

Jaimie Nguyen 

1st with 

"Together" (poem)

Ruby Yan

2nd Place 

The Strong Become Stronger 


EVHS 2023 Synopsys Silicon Valley Science & Tech Champs

Kshitij Teotia

Mahita Arun

Ayush Sodani

National Merit Scholar semi-finalists

Domingo Candelas

Former EV student, from the class of 2007, Domingo Candelas, was recently appointed to the San Jose City Council for District 8 (the district Evergreen/East San Jose is in). 

Domingo played basketball all four years and was involved in a couple clubs on campus as well. You can read this article about his appointment to the City Council. 

EVHS National Merit NVIDIA Corporation Scholarship Winners:

Kacy C. Yang

Aditya Shrinivasan

Back to Back Champs!

Mr. Hernandez’s cougars won their second straight C league basketball championship!  Way to go Cougars!

Saurish Srivastava

Has been named top 300 out of 1,949 applicants in the 82nd Regeneron Science Talent Search.

Isha Bajpai

She won 2 medals at the US open in December 2022: 1 silver and 1 bronze and got the opportunity to play against players from Canada, Puerto Rico, Kazakhstan and Australia

2022 EVHS  - ESUHSD MLK Art Writing and Video Contest Winners

jamie nguyen


Jaimie Nguyen 

Entry Title: Stand Up

Medium: Video

Roshni daNDI



Amanda Wang



Two EVH Sr Seniors were named to the Get Sports Focus All Star game, Adrian Diaz and Fares Rezeik. They will play in the All Star game at Oak Grove High School on Friday, December 30th, 2022.  Congratulations Adrian and Fares!

EVHS PTSA Student members win the President’s Volunteer Service Award

adrian diaz

fares rezeik

Shreya Pitre

Shreya Pitre won the Congressional Art Contest for District 19. She went to the capital in Washington DC and attended the ceremony as the guest of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren.  Congratulations Shreya!

Kshitij Teotia

Kshitij Teotia earned the Mayor Commendation Award from the City of San José's Sam Liccardo and District 8 Councilwoman Sylvia Arenas to honor his successful charity drive that raised over 500+ pairs of socks and 15,000+ school supply items The donated supplies went to the Bill Wilson Center for teenagers and families from Santa Clara county who are in need. 

Kshitiji extends gratitude to Mr. Diaz and EVHS Staff for supporting his initiatives and encouraging him to succeed.

Akshi Malhotra

Akshi is a western classical vocal student with the following successes in individual and choirs competitions.

Brandon Dang Signs w/ UIUC

Brandon signed his National Letter Intent last week with a full 4 year scholarship at UIUC, majoring in Computer Science, School of Engineering.

He will compete for the University Of Illinois Urbana Champaign Men's Gymnastics team on the Pommel Horse apparatus.

Isha Bajpai Ranked 8th in USA

Isha Bajpai represented the USA at the WTT (World Table Tennis) Youth contender tournament held in Darwin, Australia between Sept. 27-29th. She finished as a quarterfinalist in the U15 Girls Singles event. She has achieved a new world rank of 210 for Girls under 15. She is currently ranked 8th in Girls under 15 in the USA.  

Ritali Jain

Ritali Jain was selected as one of 15 interns for this past summer's GeneLab for High Schools program out of an applicant pool of nearly 500. She participated in the research program virtually hosted by NASA Ames Research Center and will attend their conference in November to present her research

Ritali Jain & Jason Lin

The students listed above are among an elite group of students in the world to earn every point possible on an AP Exam, receiving the maximum score on each portion of the exam.

Ritali Jain is 1 of 196 students world wide to earn a perfect Computer Science Principles score.

Jason Lin is one of 306 students world wide to earn a perfect Research score.

Saurish Srivastava

Saurish Srivastava earned the Congressional Award Gold Medal by completing at least 400 hours of Voluntary Public Service sharing his time and talent for the betterment of the community, 200 hours of Personal Development improving his social and life skills and 200 hours of Physical Fitness to improve his health and quality of life. Additionally, he spent at least four consecutive overnights exploring a new environment or culture. Saurish has been consistently working to achieve this award for over twenty-four months. In addition, Saurish earned a STEM Star for completing STEM activities in pursuit of their Gold Medal.


Saurish was formally recognized during the 2022 Virtual Gold Medal Celebration

Brandon Dang

In Mens' gymnastics, Brandon has won 1st place on Pommel Horse in States, Regionals, and Nationals competitions for the last 5 years. He has been undefeated at all 3 levels in his age group. He has also won many medals on other apparatuses. 

Brandon plans to continue competing at the college level, and hopes to compete in the Olympics or The World Best in 2024 in Paris.

Amber R Henny 

is a National Merit University Scholarship winner!


Eshanni's team won the Power Pitch Award, the best business pitch, in the Health and Nutrition category of the Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit at Houston, Texas.

Cougars in the news 2021 - 2022

Carine Wong

East Side Union High School District was selected as a Go For It! Scholarship recipient

C League Champs

Mr. Hernandez's 

Basketball Champs


Jaimie Nguyen

1st Place EVHS - VIDEO

1st Place ESUHSD

Daphne Dao

2nd Place EVHS - VIDEO

Vishaka Ashok

First Place EVHS -  ART 

1st Place ESUHSD Writing 

Ashwini Anantharaman

Tiffany Vu

2nd Place EV -  ART 

2022 ESUHSD EVHS MLK Contest Winners

Debbi McKee

EVHS 1st Place - Art

Sophia Chavez

EVHS 2nd Place - Art

ESUHSD Grand Prize Video

Jaimie Nguyen

EVHS Video

EVHS 1st Place - Daphne Dao

EVHS Writing

1st Place - Jacqueline Pham

2nd Hannah Mukhtar

Ojasvi Mudda

Presidential Volunteer Service Award Winner 

Ojasvi Mudda has received the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service award for 2020-2021. She is president of the Chirag Evergreen Chapter a non-profit organization that strives to provide basic necessities and education for underprivileged children across the world.

Ojasvi is also a semi-finalist in the USA Biology Olympiad. Also, she is a gold medalist (top 5%) in the British Biology Olympiad.

Hannah Mukhtar, Nisa Keshwani & Shakthi Sivasankar

EV students were recently selected as winners in the California Federation of Chaparral Poets 2022 Student Poetry Contest. 

Our students will be honored on our official website,

EVHS Winners are:

Nature/Environmental Concerns (7-9)

“Fallen Branches” by Nisa Keshwani

Nature/Environmental Concerns (10-12)

    “The Race for Survival” by Shakthi Sivasankar 

EVHS' MLK Contest Winners

ESUHSD's annual art, writing and video contest winners from EVHS are:

Writing - Jacqueline Pham & Hannah Mukhtar

Art - Debi McKee & Sophia Chavez

Video - Jaimie Nguyen & Daphne Dao

ESUHSD's Grand Prize Winner for Video:

EVHS' Jaimie Nguyen

EV students make it to the second round of the US Physics Olympiad

Andrew T. Chang

Aarav V Navani

Shuhul Mujoo

Ravi Prabhune

Ravi has invented a useful device (patent pending), from concept

to prototype to manufacturing. He has submitted his invention for the 2022 Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition.

Please like his video to help him success:

Girls Basketball

NorCal Regional Champions

The first NorCal regional basketball win in EVHS history!

57 - 46 win over Pleasant Valley High School

Presidential Volunteer Service Award winners 2020 2021

Certificate and Medal Winners are:

Gold Coin                  Siver Medallion                    Bronze Medallion Aarush Gupta             Hitiksha Bansal                     Anusha Holagunda

Amber Henny             Shivani Kota                          Candice Phan

Trisha Maturi              Srivibha Yellamraju                Himaja Vaddepuri

Isha Bajpai

Won a Silver medal for the U-15 Girls' Team Event at the US Open championships for Table Tennis. The event took place at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas on Dec. 17-21s

Sneha Revanur

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond Sneha Revanur to represent California in the 60th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), which is sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.  KRON News segment

Sneha Revanur is a senior at Evergreen Valley High School in the East Side Union High School District and serves as a student member of the Santa Clara County Office of Education Youth Advisory Group Core Advocacy Team, where she represents her peers in mental health-related policymaking discussions. She is the founder and President of Encode Justice, a youth-led organization mobilizing 300-plus students in 25 countries for human rights in the age of artificial intelligence, and a criminal justice lead of the High School Democrats of America’s National Issue Advocacy Committee. She is the only high school student with the Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School’s Justice Initiative, a partnership between Harvard and Howard to elevate social justice in legal education. Her awards include the Princeton Prize in Race Relations and an American Voices Medal nomination from Scholastic. Sneha plans to pursue tech science in college followed by law school with a desire to create a branch of civil rights litigation dedicated to redressing algorithm-driven discrimination and eventually running for office focusing on a platform that empowers the working class and advances racial, social, and economic justice.

Sneha will receive a $10,000 scholarship and participate in Washington Week Online, an interactive experience, from March 5–10, 2022.

EVPC Wins Coding Competition

EVHS's Programming Club (EVPC) participated in a Coding Competition in which the 30 participants solved 15 questions of varying difficulty from last Wednesday, November 10th, to Sunday, November 14th. 

The winners of the coding competition were Prajwal Vandana, David Le, Arjun Sahlot, and Alan Li.

tedxevhs published

TEDxEV club is delighted to announce that our first talks have been published to the official TEDx YouTube channel! 


The topic for this event was advancement and discovery, and they focused on discovering things about ourselves and the world around us.

Take a moment to check out our speakers’ talks. You might learn something new! Here are three of our talks. 


Please follow @tedxevhs on Instagram for updates

Fiesta Forever '21

EVHS PTSA & LSU's annual Fiesta Forever Fundraiser was a great success!   The Latinx Student Union(LSU) team took care of all the event arrangements under the guidance of Mr. Gonzalez and Ms. Reyes.

Extra thank you to Mr. Kleckner, Ms. Mohan, Mr. Boostani, our school staff and custodial team, our EVHS Parents and Student volunteers, and the larger Evergreen community for helping us organize the event successfully.

This event was a fun way for our student students to be part of this rich cultural experience.  Well done Cougars!

A Bldg 

Halloween Bash

EVHS students enjoyed their annual Halloween Bash on October 29th.

Shivam Pathak & Steven LUO

Congratulations to Shivam and Steven!  They are two of only 335 students (amounting to just 0.29% of 2021 AP Computer Science Principles Exam takers) from around the world to earn every point possible on this challenging, college-level examination.

We applaud your mastery of the content and skills of this AP course and wish you many future successes.

Aarav Navani

Aarav Navani, a junior at Evergreen Valley High School, has been recognized by the ESUHSD Board of Trustees and KRON news for the development of a meal order application for the more than 23,000 students of ESUHSD. 

He worked throughout the 2020 pandemic year with the district’s IT department and Julie Kasberger, Director of Child Nutrition Services, to develop a meal order app. 

Aarav was able to design a program that allows students to customize their meals and pay online to decrease the long lunch lines significantly. The district expects to save money by reducing food loss, increase productivity by assembling the meals in advance.

“Aarav used his experience as a student and his skills as a programmer to make an app that will make lunch time a joy,” said Randy Phelps, ESUHSD Chief Technology Officer. “To see young people developing applications that have immediate and lasting impact for our students and staff is empowering and encouraging,” said Phelps.

Aarav has said that he enjoys problem solving and especially improving human efficiency. He is interested in continuing to develop tools which will improve the quality of life for his fellow students and make ESUHSD schools run more efficiently. Within this app, Aarav is already thinking of adding support for different languages and nutritional information and allergy warnings for each food item. 

WAY TO GO Aarav Navani!

See the News video here


Nivedita has received the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) once again this year. 

This is her 3rd PVSA in a row! 

Sneha Revanur

Sneha's work with Encode Justice was profiled by CNN in a recently published article: These Students are Fighting for Ethical AI

Cougars in the news 2020 - 2021

Shreyaa Karan received an Honorable Mention Award for the project "Cranial Hemorrhage - Sectionalization & Ascertaining the Non-Contrast CT Scans using Deep Learning" at the 2021 Synopsys Science Fair Championship from the Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association (SCVSEFA). In addition to this, she received a Special Award from the Yale Science and Engineering Association for her project. This award is given to the most outstanding 11th grade student at the Synopsys Science Fair whose project lies in the field of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, or Chemistry.

5 EVHS PTSA students earned the Distinguished Presidential Service Award this year!

Congratulations to Sneha Revanur

Winner of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for 2021, representing the Bay Area for her work work on Encode Justice

Congratulations to Paula Escobar on being named as finalists for the Santa Clara County Poet Laureate!

Congratulations to Swasti Johri on being named as finalists for the Santa Clara County Poet Laureate!

Harriet and Annabel Gensler participated in the  Marian Filice Youth Piano Competition at Gavilan College and won 1st and 2nd place and received $800. They donated that money to the Bill Wilson Center

Kaylyn Phan, Affiliate Winner

Jessica Qu, Affiliate Rising Star

Anushka Sheth, Affiliate Honorable Mention

have earned an NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC). 

The Bay Area Affiliate of the AiC selects 70 winners  from a pool of 234 applications covering 13 Bay Area counties.


Christina Yao

National Merit Scholarship Winner


Christina Yao

National Merit Scholarship Winner


Congratulations to HIRAL MEHTA for earning the 2020 Presidential Volunteer Service Award!

Congratulations to CLAIRE ZHU for earning the 2020 Presidential Volunteer Service Award!

Congratulations to NIVEDITA L. SANGHAVI for earning the 2020 Presidential Volunteer Service Award!

Yashika Batra's astrophysics research paper was published within the Columbia Junior Science Journal on Gamma Ray analysis. The link to the website is here, the link the the whole paper PDF is here, and the link to her specific paper is here.

EVHS's Science Olympiad team, as part of Science and Tech Club has virtually attended a number of national invitational competitions, some numbering over 150 teams in size, and brought home impressive results. 

Congratulations to:

Mr. Ortiz's Spanish I project, a newspaper, in Spanish, called La Voz.

La Voz in English means "The Voice"

Students can publish their opinions about the world and practice their Spanish at the same time. 

Please enjoy our first edition of la Voz

Congratulations! William Kimani!

William has been selected to receive an engraved bronze Distinguished Finalist medallion in The 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for outstanding volunteer work! He was chosen by state-level judges as one of the top CA runners-up in this year’s program.

This is a great honor for William and for EVHS. 

Way to Go William!

EV senior Selena Huang's Timeless, a painting has been choses as part of the San Jose Downtown Doors program.  You can see it in person at 396 S. First Street (San Salvador/First Street)

EV's Raymond Tran was selected to participate in the Stanford Earth Young Investigators Biodiversity program this summer!

Urja Gathoo published her first novel,  "The Earth & the Skye" through Amazon. 

The book is about Gun Violence incidences in schools and the effects of those directly/indirectly affected by it. 

"A school shooting. Seven bullets. Seven dead. One twin alive, the other gone. A little over four months later, after politicians have stopped using her pain as their personal weapons after the world has moved on and the news cycle has forgotten, fifteen-year-old Skye Donovan is struggling to glue together the shattered remains of her life and let go of her twin, who had been her everything."

Jason Lin's article regarding "Phage Therapy" was featured on the TeenInHealth webpage.

EVHS donated almost $5000.00 to the Bill Wilson Center to support homeless teens in San Jose.

Vanessa Caustrita sent her thank you via video.

EV's Shreya Vinjamuri and teammates Isabella Hochschild and Aarushi Choudhary created the Buddi app this summer.  They  won second place in the Information and Coping Tools division of the COVIDathon challenge.