SCHOLARS 2020

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Christian Corral was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and is a proud Eastwood High School graduate from the recent class of 2020. Christian is currently attending his first semester at The University of Texas at Austin and is studying Kinesiology Exercise Science. His long-term goal is to go to medical school and specialize in Neurology. His career interests include the study of disease prevention, educational psychology, and neurological research.

Chathrini Kularatne graduated with the Socorro High School class of 2020. After moving to El Paso from California, she attended Del Norte Heights elementary, Hurshel Antwine Elementary, and Rafael Hernando Middle school. Her family has lived in El Paso for almost ten years and has fallen in love with the welcoming community as well as the drive people have for success. She confidently states that the city is what has motivated her to become the best version of herself. Chathrini attends The University of Texas at Austin, with the help from the El Paso In Austin Foundation, and couldn’t be more grateful for the impact El Paso has made on her journey to higher education. 

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Shih Han (Nini) Kuo is currently studying accounting at the Red Mccombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Her academic goal is to be apart of the integrated MPA program offered at UT and graduate with CPA licenses by Spring 2023.
 

Nini graduated from Valle Verde Early College High School and as a UT student, she is active with the Asian Business Student Association. She has also been able to find time to balance academics with her hobbies, which include acrylic painting, playing badminton, and baking. Nini is a talented cartoonist and you may check out her work on Instagram under the @sundae.nini handle. 

Zaida Elizabeth Flores is the 2020 Salutatorian for Canutillo High School and is attending the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in pursuit of a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering.

 

Zaida was an Eagle Pride Marching Band Section Leader and a Concert Band First Chair of the French Horn section. She served in organizations such as the National Honor Society as President, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Ambassador for Computer Science, Girls Who Code, Math Team, Science Team, and played Varsity Girls Soccer.

Zaida has been recognized as a Who’s Who Award recipient, AP Scholar with Distinction, and from the National Hispanic Recognition Program. While in high school she volunteered regularly at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and held an internship at AEG, LLC Mechanical Engineers.

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Jared Vrahnos is a graduate of Americas High School and was involved with many clubs and organizations including speech and debate, the National Honor Society, and Business Professionals of America.

Beyond the classroom, Jared ventured into his community and altar-served at St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Church; learning to give back to others in a faith-based way. His involvement in community events served the purpose of improving any environment with a sense of humility and compassion. Serving as a bell ringer for the El Paso Salvation Army during the Christmas season, and accumulating cans for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger are a few of the community service projects he participated in to give back to the caring community of El Paso.

Now a student at The University of Texas at Austin, he plans to attain a degree where he can give back to a community in need. Becoming a lawyer or doctor with a background in business are the career pursuits he aspires to achieve. Jared says that no matter what the future may hold, he will strive to make a difference within any community, filled with the determination to help others.