Meet the Elite 2014 Students of the Year

Each year, Elite USA awards scholarships to a few of our students who most notably demonstrate the qualities we are committed to: a sincere passion for learning, an exceptional work ethic, and a great attitude. Our 2014 Elite Students of the Year have worked hard, overcome obstacles, participated in countless extracurricular activities, and excelled academically.

On June 7, Elite students and staff assembled at the Elite Teacher Convocation 2014 to celebrate the successes of the past year and recognize the efforts and achievements of this year's outstanding Students of the Year. Congratulations to all our 2014 Southern California Students of the Year!


Aisli Valencia

Aisli is a graduate of the Los Angeles Leadership Academy, where she was a member of the Elite Community Scholars Satellite Program. Aisli will be studying Biochemistry at Occidental College this fall.

Raquel Matamoros

Raquel attended John Marshall High School and Elite's Community Scholars Satellite Program there. She'll be attending UC Riverside and majoring in Global Studies starting this fall.

Christina Chu

Christina attended Centennial High School and is this year's Student of the Year from Elite of Anaheim Hills. Christina looks forward to attending Brown University in the fall, where she'll be studying Biochemistry/Molecular Biology.

Michael Carter

Michael attended Elite of Arcadia and Maranatha High School. He will be heading east to attend Johns Hopkins University where he'll be studying Biology (Pre-med).

Lucy Choi

Lucy is a graduate of Cerritos High School and plans to attend UC Berkeley to study Public Health in the fall. She is this year's Elite Student of the Year from Elite of Cerritos.

Steven Truong

Steven is an Elite of Fountain Valley’s 2014 Student of the Year. He's a graduate of Fountain Valley High School and plans to study Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley.

Helen Kirkby

Helen is a graduate of University High School and attended Elite of Irvine-Newport Beach. She looks forward to starting at UC Berkeley, where she'll be majoring in Political Science.

Kang Min Daniel Lee

Kang Min graduated from the LA Center for Enriched Studies and attended Elite of Los Angeles. This fall, he will be heading to Dartmouth College.

Gilbert Bao

Gilbert is this year’s Elite of Northridge Student of the Year. He graduated from Agoura High and will be attending the University of Chicago to study Economics.

Gloria Seo

Gloria attended Elite of Irvine-Northwood and is a graduate of Foothill High School. Gloria will be heading to Pomona College to major in Chemistry.

Ben Cohen

Ben attended Elite of San Diego-Rancho Bernardo and is a graduate of Rancho Bernardo High School. He looks forward to attending Princeton University this year.

Jessica Cao

Jessica attended Centennial High School and is Elite of Rowland Heights’ 2014 Student of the Year. She will be starting at Brown University this year.


Ashwin Rao

Ashwin attended Elite of San Diego and Carlsbad High School. He will be a freshman at the University of Michigan this fall.

Dahnby Jun

Dahnby attended South High School and was will be attending UC Berkeley, where she'll study Integrative Biology. Dahnby is this year’s Elite of Torrance Student of the Year.

Sharon Lee

Sharon is a graduate of Valencia High School and is Elite of Valencia’s 2014 Student of the Year. Sharon is looking forward to attending Stanford University starting this fall and studying Art Practice with tangents in Business and Communications.

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