Cougars in the news 2022 2023
EVHS & ESUHSD 2023 Cesar Chavez Contest Winners
1st Place black Ink and Graphite
2nd place col. pencil, graphite, & ink
National Merit Scholar semi-finalists
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
Back to Back Champs!
Mr. Hernandez’s cougars won their second straight C league basketball championship! Way to go Cougars!
Has been named top 300 out of 1,949 applicants in the 82nd Regeneron Science Talent Search.
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
FIRST PLACE - ART
ROSHNI DANDA - DRAWING
AMANDA WANG - OIL PAINTING
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
Gold Award: Ajit Saravanan, Arshia Aravinthan, Darrence Tran, Ngoc Tran, Cathy Luong, Kapilkumar Murugananthan, Mahita Arun, Owen Chung, Parth Mehta, Pratinav Agrawal, Raghav Garimella, Nirja Mehta, Shaffana Mustafa, Sanjitha Kurra, Vincent Lo
Silver Award: Mindy Tran
Bronze Award: Angelina Nguyen, Anjali Kiran, Arnav Ranade, Atishay Lalgud, Siya Aggarwal, Razeena Mustafa
For more details, guidelines, eligibility criteria, volunteer hours certificate examples etc, please check: https://evhsptsa.com/ presidential-service-awards/
Additional information about the award is available at: https:// presidentialserviceawards.gov/
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 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 is a western classical vocal student with the following successes in individual and choirs competitions.
CCDA All-State Choir: Selected for Coastal Region Honor Choir at CalPoly.
ACDA (American Choral Director Association) National Honor Choir: National Honor Choir in Cincinnati, OH
American Protege Music Competition (Vocal category): First place (Junior category), at Carnegie Hall, NY
NATs SF chapter: first prize in the under 15 category in 2021.
AFAF: 2nd prize in 2021
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 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 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
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
East Side Union High School District was selected as a Go For It! Scholarship recipient
C League Champs
2022 ESUHSD EVHS CESAR CHAVEZ Contest Winners
1st Place EVHS - VIDEO
1st Place ESUHSD
2nd Place EVHS - VIDEO
First Place EVHS - ART
1st Place ESUHSD Writing
2nd Place EV - ART
2022 ESUHSD EVHS MLK Contest Winners
EVHS 1st Place - Art
EVHS 2nd Place - Art
ESUHSD Grand Prize Video
EVHS 1st Place - Daphne Dao
1st Place - Jacqueline Pham
2nd Hannah Mukhtar
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, www.chapparalpoets.org
EVHS Winners are:
Nature/Environmental Concerns (7-9)
3rd Place “The Earth Cracks Beneath My Shoe” by Hannah Mukhtar
Second Honorable Mention
“Fallen Branches” by Nisa Keshwani
Nature/Environmental Concerns (10-12)
1st Honorable Mention
“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
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: https://youtu.be/-m1EbH1lf9g
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
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
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.
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
What A Year!, Jeremy George -
Expand Your Box, Yashika Batra (EVHS Alumna) -
We’d Love a Seat at the Table, Riya Shukla -
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!
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, 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!
NIVEDITA L. SANGHAVI
Nivedita has received the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) once again this year.
This is her 3rd PVSA in a row!
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.
National Merit Scholarship Winner
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!
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.
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."
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.