About Past Scholars
2019-2020 Watson Scholars
2018 Centennial H. S. Graduate - Julia Grable

Julia loved her freshman year at College Park. As a Hearing and Speech Sciences major, she has joined the pre-professional chapter of NSSLHA, National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, at UMD. She is running for a board position in May. Julia served as a research assistant this past semester and analyzed the mean length of utterances from mothers to their babies. Julia aspires to become a speech-language pathologist and very much enjoys participating in UMD's Intern for a Day program. She has gotten to shadow professionals in the field of speech-language pathology each semester. Julia is also in the process of adding a Spanish minor, and plans to study abroad. She continues to love volunteering around campus with various organizations like TerpThon and Terps Against Hunger, running, going to the UMD football basketball games, and meeting new people. Julia made Honor Roll, and is very excited for her sophomore year!

Nina Parekh

Nina is a senior Psychology and Theatre double degree candidate, and a recipient of the College Park Scholars citation in Global Public Health. Nina is the President of the Undergraduate Theatre Artists Society and a Creative and Performing Arts Scholar. She has performed in various mainstage productions of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies such as Love and Information and Hamlet Replayed. Nina, a member of the Honors program within the Department of Psychology, is also one of the department’s Undergraduate Program Managers and a research assistant for the Maryland Psychotherapy Clinic and Research Lab. She acted as a teaching assistant for Psychology of Women and will be a teaching assistant for Community Interventions on Domestic Violence this fall. While conducting an undergraduate thesis on bisexual women’s female friendships and sexual orientation disclosure, Nina also participates in the Social Identity Research Lab. Nina is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Psi Chi Psychology International Honor Society, and Triota Women’s Studies National Honor Society. She aspires to become a counseling psychologist specializing in drama therapy in order to work with women who have experienced intimate partner violence and other forms of trauma.

Kevin Woo

Kevin has had a very eventful freshmen year in terms of extracurriculars and education. He will be applying to the Smith School of Business next semester in hopes of double majoring in business and computer science. While currently a member of multiple student organizations such as Green Terps and Terpthon, and an on campus worker at Chick-fil-A, Kevin plans to tackle even more extracurriculars throughout college such as joining a professional fraternity.

2018-2019 Watson Scholars
2018 Centennial H. S. Graduate - Julia Grable

Nina Parekh

Christiana Casey

Over the past year, Christi has continued to work for the marketing department of Maryland Athletics and is gaining more responsibility in her role. This past season, she oversaw marketing for Maryland’s Division I wrestling team, allowing her to use her knowledge of sports marketing to create and execute in-match promotions, group packages, and special events. Furthermore, she continues to work on campus for the Department of Resident Life in the office of Student and Community Development Programs. This position allows her to connect with current and future UMD students and facilitate various enrichment programs for students who live on campus. Finally, she is utilizing leadership skills in my role as Property Manager for Alpha Omicron Pi.

Kevin Woo

2017-2018 Watson Scholars
2017 Centennial H. S. Graduate - Kevin Woo

Nina Parekh

Christiana Casey

William Vea

William plans to graduate in 2018 with a degree in Computer Engineering. He currently interns at a small company in Rockville. Apart from work, he enjoys playing guitar. He is self-taught and is working to teach others this summer.

2016-2017 Watson Scholars
2016 Centennial H. S. Graduate - Nina Parekh

Christiana Casey

William Vea

Benjamin McHugh

Ben McHugh is a Junior in the University of Maryland's Computer Science program. On campus he has been involved as a Senator in the Residence Hall Association and he is currently a Resident Assistant in Elkton Hall. One of Ben’s goals over the next five years is to program a piece of software ( a game or a mobile app) and to potentially start a company around it. In his spare time he enjoys playing soccer and lacrosse. Ben is also a huge Maryland sports fan and is most excited for the basketball season this year because he expects us to make a big run into the NCAA tournament.

2015-2016 Watson Scholars
Christiana Casey
William Vea
Benjamin McHugh
Andy Shin

2014-2015 Watson Scholars
William Vea
Benjamin McHugh
Andy Shin

2013-2014 Watson Scholars
Benjamin McHugh
Andy Shin
Jacob Sorak

2012-2013 Watson Scholars
Lawrence Hsieh
Ali Pasha Shahegh
Andy Shin

2011-2012 Watson Scholar
Andy Shin

2010-2011 Watson Scholar
Kenneth W. Lee

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