Harrison senior wins Outstanding Student scholarship

Veena Thamilselvan
Veena Thamilselvan (contributed)

Harrison High School Senior Veena Thamilselvan will receive one of 24 Detroit News and Caring Athletes Team for Children’s and Henry Ford Hospitals (CATCH) scholarships.

Public and private high schools across the state of Michigan nominate students to earn this distinctive scholarship. Students are selected based on the following areas: grades, test scores, honors, community involvement, and demonstrated ability in one of the academic areas. A panel of judges that includes teachers, counselors, and other academic specialists determine the winners.

Thamilselvan was chosen for her outstanding achievement in science education. She will be featured in stories and photographs in The Detroit News and will be honored at an awards dinner on May 23, at the Dearborn Inn.

“I am truly honored to be recognized by Detroit Catch News,” she said.

Her accomplishments include:

  • Placed 1st in Epidemiology at the HOSA International Leadership Conference – (2017)
  • Placed 2nd in Biomedical Laboratory Science at the HOSA International Leadership Conference – (2016)
  • Placed 3rd in Disease Detectives at the Science Olympiad State Competition – (2017)
  • Superintendent’s Award of Excellence – (2014)
  • National Merit Finalist – (2018)
  • Accepted as a student member of the American Association for Cancer Research – (2016)
  • Received Best Poster Presentation at the 5th Annual miRcore Research Conference – (2017)
  • Placed 1st at the State Optimist Oratorical Competition – (2015)
  • Competed at the FIRST World Championships with FTC Team – (2015)
  • Youth Recognition Award Recipient – (2018)
  • Rainbow Community Service Award Recipient – (2014)
  • Received the Youth Member of the Year at State Youth Symposium – (2016)
  • Jr.FIRST Lego League Coach for Gill Elementary (2015 – 2018)
  • GIDAS (Genes in Diseases and Symptoms) Founder and Club President – (2016 – 2018)
  • City of Farmington/Farmington Hills Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) Chair – (2016 – 2018)
  • MYC – (2015 – 2018)
  • SAT Preparation – Club Organizer and Coach – (2016 – 2018)
  • Farmington Empowered Community Forum – Club President – (2016 – 2017)
  • Science Olympiad – Captain and Coach for Middle School Students – (2015 – 2018)
  • National Honor Society – President – (2017 – 2018)
  • MiRcore/GIDAS President – (2015 – 2017)
  • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) – Competed (2015 – 2018)
  • Model United Nation President (2017-2018) – Competed (2015 – 2017)
  • Toastmasters – (2015 – 2017)
  • Chemistry Olympiad, Michigan Math Prize Competition – Competed – (2015 – 2017)
  • Math Club – (2016 – 2018)
  • State Host Council Representative – Council Representative in State Youth Council Event Planning Committee – (2017 – 2018)

Thamilselvan plans to use her $1,000 scholarship at Johns Hopkins University, to study Public Health/Pre-Med. Her ultimate goal is to join Doctors Without Borders.

CATCH is Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children. To learn more, visit catchcharity.org.

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