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Jason Jin

Rochester Adams High School
James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2016/2017

Jason Jin plans to enroll in the College of LS&A and is the recipient of the James H. LoPrete Scholarship.  Jason has a solid work ethic carrying over a 4.0 GPA.  Jason has been an active member of the Varsity Tennis team and he served as a captain his senior year. He also participated in Rochester Adams Business Professionals of America, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Youth Ensembles as a clarinet player, and founded Rochester Adams Math Club. Academically, he has taken advantage of the most rigorous Advanced/Honors/ AP courses including Calculus BC, Statistics, Physics and English Literature & Composition.  Jason has also generously given of his time & energies accumulating over 200 hours of community service throughout his four years of high school.

Ryan Klein

Brother Rice High School
James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2016/2017

Ryan Klein graduated with a 4.28 GPA at Brother Rice High School, and he plans to enroll in the School of Engineering. He has taken various AP classes including Calculus BC, Physics, English, and US Government and he received the AP Scholar award his senior year.  Ryan participated in an engineering internship in the summer of 2015 where he evaluated the integrity of joints created through automated faster systems to define optimal parameters for high quality, high speed joining. He has been very involved with his school by being a member of Varsity Lacrosse, Varsity Football, and Business Club. Ryan balanced his academics and extra-curricular activities by volunteering at Christ Child House, Right to Life, and Special Olympics. 

Derek Lukacs

Brighton High School
James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2015/2016

Derek Lukacs, the winner of the James H. LoPrete Scholarship graduated from Brighton High School with a 4.2614 GPA and has enrolled in the College of Engineering.  He has completed all of the AP classes offered and 2 college math courses and some online courses, as well.  He earned many Honors & Awards including an Academic Varsity Letter.  Derek makes academics his priority and focus but has contributed to several clubs with leadership roles such as tutor for the After-School Tutoring program, National Honor Society and is mentoring to incoming freshman.  He has worked as a Research Assistant at UofM and loves to golf and snowboard in his spare time.

Joanna Ciatti

Farmington Hills Harrison High School
James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2014/2015

Joanna Ciatti finished first in her class of 270 at Harrison High School and has enrolled in the College of Engineering.  Joanna participated in The Varsity Swim and Dive Team and the Varsity Track and Field Team.  She was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in the Symphonic Band and Orchestra with the principal being French horn.  She actively participated in the Hawks Help tutor program.  She received the Superintendent’s Award of Excellence in May of 2013. Her teaches characterize her as having a voracious desire to learn, is conscientious driven and has a great work ethic.  She is able to balance all her activities while completing one of the most rigorous schedules available at Harrison High School.

Ali N. Habhab

Dearborn High School
James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2013/2014

Ali Habhab graduated from Dearborn High School and is the recipient of this year’s James LoPrete Scholarship Award.  Ali was president of the Dearborn Center for Math, Science and Technology Student Council from grades 10-12.  He was also a member of the National Honor Society, and served as Treasurer in his senior year.  Ali was also the recipient of several honors, including DCMST Student of the Year 2010-2011, AP Scholar with Distinction, and a Recognition of Excellence Award from the Greening of Detroit for his project on Liquid Organic Compost Fertilizer. 

In addition to his academic achievements, Ali played Varsity Tennis all four years of high school, and was a “Kings of the Court” Tournament Champion.  He also volunteered at Saturday Arab School at Maya, a foreign language development program, for over 430 hours and participated in a political internship at the Wayne County Fix Michigan Center.  Ali plans on attending the Ross Business School.

Shruthi Subramanian

North Farmington High School
James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2012/2013
Shruthi Subramanian attended North Farmington High School, where she graduated as an AP scholar with honors. She amassed a sterling academic record while taking many advanced courses. She obtained numerous awards for her excellence in math, science and French.

Shruthi was President of the Health Occupations Students of America, known as HOSA. She was captain of the JV Soccer team, participated as a Link Crew Leader and she was invited to be a member of Leadership in Education, Acceptance and Diversity (LEAD) group. She also participated in Model UN, NHS, and student government.

Shruthi plays classical music (Carnatic music) on a bamboo flute. As part of her musical endeavors, she participated in many community activities including founding an Indian music charity group “SwaraRagalaya.” This is a music program that raises funds for food and shelter for the homeless. She has also volunteered and raised money for the Sankara Eye Foundation.

She also was a summer intern at the University of Michigan Center for Translational Pathology and she participated in the Wolverine Health Explorers summer program at the University of Michigan.

Joyce Jih

Troy High School
James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2011/2012
Joyce Jih is this year’s recipient of the James H. LoPrete Scholarship. During high school, Joyce participated in Synchronized Swimming, Chinese Club, Orchestra, Students Against Destructive Decisions, National Honor Society and many other extra-curricular activities. She also volunteered at Beaumont Hospital in the Medical Unit and Oncology Ward. Joyce also performed research at the Life Science Institute at the University of Michigan. She is a National Merit Semifinalist, recipient of the Harvard Prize Club Book Award, the American Chinese Association – Ray Young Scholarship, the CLASS National Essay Contest – Bronze Apple Award.

Jenna Ross

Adlai Stevenson High School
James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2010/2011
Jenna Ross is this year’s recipient of the James H. LoPrete Scholarship. Jenna attended Adlai Stevenson High School. During high school, she also took classes at the Utica Center for Math, Science and Technology. Perhaps most notably, she obtained a United States Design Patent for one of her inventions. She was a member of the World Champion ThunderChickens. She participated in the National Honor Society and FIRST Lego League. She was also involved in several community-related projects.

James A. Lee

Rochester Adams High School
James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2009/2010
James A. Lee is this year’s recipient of the James H. LoPrete Scholarship. James is a graduate of Rochester Adams High School, where he graduated at the top of his class. James is a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist, an AP Scholar Award winner, compiled several accolades in the Michigan Math Competition, and achieved Student of the Year in AP Calculus in 2007, and Physics and AP Chemistry in 2008. As a well-rounded young man, James played on the golf team, played piano in several school, community and statewide events, participated in the Marching Band Drumline for three years and participated in his church. Indeed, James embodies the characteristics and attributes that our Club wishes to recognize.

Katherine Lu

Canton High School
James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2008/2009
Katherine Lu is the recipient of the James H. LoPrete Scholarship. Katherine graduated from Canton High School with high honors, where she participated in Student Congress, Math Olympiad, Science Olympiad, National Honor Society, Asian-Pacific American Club, Spanish-American Latino Student Association and Varsity Quiz Bowl. Her various honors and awards included AP Scholar, National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist, Level 10 Piano Semi-Finalist and various other awards and distinctions. Katherine is also active in her community working at the Detroit Soup Kitchen, Hand by Hand Education Foundation, Relay for Life through the American Cancer Society and assisting at a Chinese School as an Art teacher.

Liting Chen

Novi High School
James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2007/2008
Liting Chen is the 2007 recipient of the James H. LoPrete Scholarship. Liting attended Novi High School where she graduated with high honors. She participated in Model United Nations, Teen Court, Science Club, Student Congress, FIRST Robotics, and the National Honor Society. Her community involvement is also noteworthy, as she volunteered at Botsford General Hospital, Novi Parks & Recreation and participated in tutoring and teaching aide programs. Liting was a National Merit Semifinalist and recognized by the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press as Student of the Week. Liting Chang truly embodies the qualities recognized by the James H. LoPrete Scholarship.

Tina Wang

James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2006/2007
Tina Wang is this year’s recipient of the James H. LoPrete Scholarship. Tina compiled a most impressive academic record. In addition, she served as a Student Council Representative, and participated as a member of the National Honor Society, Diversity Club and cross country team. Within the community, Tina has volunteered her time as a hospice volunteer and an early literary volunteer. She also is a talented pianist, as demonstrated by her numerous awards. During high school, Tina achieved the following recognitions: AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Letter of Commendation, and math, science and computer program awards. Tina plans to attend medical school to be a neurosurgeon, after obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

David Budde

Detroit Catholic Central High School
James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2005/2006
David Budde is this year’s worthy recipient of the James H. LoPrete Scholarship. David is a graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School where he compiled a most impressive academic record. David excelled in all classes; however, he surpassed even the most talented of students in the areas of math and science. David dedicated himself not only to improving himself, but also improving his school as demonstrated by the large role he played in further developing the school’s website. In addition to his academic achievements, David participated as a member of the Catholic Cenbtral’s symphonic and marching bands. As might be expected, he plans to be a member of the Michigan Marching Band. Most importantly, David is an honest and sincere individual with a strong character who demonstrates the qualities befitting the James H. LoPrete Scholarship.

Sushil Gupta

Troy High School
James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2004/2005
Sushil Gupta is a graduate of Troy High School. Mr. Gupta’s achievements in and out of the classroom led to our club’s decision to award him with the James H. LoPrete Scholarship. He attained an impressive academic record utilizing his intellect and creative ability for understanding concepts. Equally impressive is his involvement in many extracurricular activities. He served as President of Students Against Drunk Driving; President of the Math and Physics Clubs; Secretary of the Science Olympiad; participant in Quiz Bowl; and Vice-President of the National Honor Society. He also participated on the track and cross country teams. He even found time to volunteer at William Beaumont Hospital. One of his teachers describes Mr. Gupta as “a unique and refreshing combination of maturity, confidence, motivation, creativity and intelligence.”

Matthew Pizzimenti

James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2003/2004

Lynne Seidl

James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2001/2002

J.Chris Ashton

James H. LoPrete Scholarship
2000/2001

Eric Broekuizen

James H. LoPrete Scholarship
1999/2000

Eric Mayes

James H. LoPrete Scholarship
1998/1999
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