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WOW 2017 Scholars: Nicholas Fata, Teresa Manipadam and Julia Hossain

In June WOW announced the nine Westchase seniors selected as our 2017 WOW Scholars. This month we offer the final three profiles of our scholarship class.

Nicholas Fata

Chelmsford resident Nicholas Fata, the son of Jennifer and Dennis Fata, graduated as salutatorian of his Robinson IB High School class.  An accomplished leader of Robinson’s Future Business Leaders of America, he graduated with a 7.76 weighted GPA and completed 128 hours of community service.

An A.P. National Scholar and winner of the Princeton Book Award, Fata placed in a number of FBLA district and state level competitions while also placing high in the Algebra and Calculus Divisions of the Math Bowl competitions in which he participated throughout high school.

A pianist, Fata was a member of a number of National Honor Societies, Calculus Captain of Robinson’s math honors society, Mu Alpha Theta, and a chapter president and treasurer of his school’s FBLA club. He also served as chapter secretary of the American Chemical Society.

Fata earned his service hours over multiple activities, including Relay for Life, Metropolitan Ministries Thrift Store and the Westchase Thanksgiving Food Drive. Fata also established Tutoring for Hope, through which he offered math tutoring services in exchange for nearly $700 in donations to Hope Children’s Home.

Stating Fata embodied the ideals of the International Baccalaureate program, his high school college counselor Erika Sugar George stated, “Nicholas Fata is an intelligent, insightful and dedicated student and young man.” George added, “He strives to contribute all of his effort and abilities to learning and studying, whether it is learning a difficult concept or taking extra classes just to learn more. In return, he has soared to the top of his class.”

Fata will study computer engineering at the University of Florida in the fall.

Teresa Manipadam

The daughter of Annet and Jose Manipadam of Chelmsford, Teresa Manipadam graduated from Robinson’s IB program with a 6.54 weighed GPA. There she completed 418 community service hours.

Manipadam cited as her personal hero Catherine of Aragorn, the English queen and first wife of Henry VIII, whom she first encountered while reading in middle school. Manipadam cited Catherine’s promotion of the arts, keen intellect and assistance of the poor as laying out a model she has striven to emulate. As the result, among other accomplishments, Manipadam notched perfect FCAT scores and was repeatedly named to the Principal’s Honor Roll. She was also a member of Robinson’s National Honor Society.

Manipadam, whose family originally hails from India, also completed a multi-year course of study in Bharata Natyam, a form of traditional Indian dance.

Manipadam’s community service focused on volunteering at local hospitals, including St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Medical Center of Trinity. She also volunteered for Horses for Handicapped, Relay for Life, Feeding the Poor and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, through which she participated in Great Strides. Describing her as an overall passionate, motivated and outstanding youth, Cyndi O’Brion, her Relay for Life supervisor, stated, “Teresa is a dedicated student in the International Baccalaureate program and excels in her studies.” She added, “Beyond school she dedicated a huge amount of time to volunteering at hospitals.”

Steve Smith, her IB math teacher described Teresa as outgoing and friendly. “She takes her academics very seriously and is motivated to do her best at all times. She is a very hard worker and always comes to class with a smile and positive attitude.” Smith added, “She is very kind and is always willing to help others.”

Manipadam will be beginning a pre-med course of studies at University of South Florida in the fall.

Julia Hossain

The daughter of Yoko Bae and Delawar Hossain of Greenpointe, Julia Hossain graduated from Berkeley Preparatory School with 553 hours of community service and a perfect 4.0 GPA. (Berkeley does not weight honors and A.P. classes differently in calculating GPAs.). An accomplished violinist, artist and National Merit Semifinalist, Hossain was an A.P. Scholar with Honor and a Princeton Book Award Winner. She repeatedly appeared on Berkeley’s Headmaster’s List of accomplished students. A member of the Cum Laude Honor Society, she was also a senior member of her high school’s Honor Council.

A Philadelphia International Music Festival Competition Winner, Hossain was Concertmaster (sitting first chair violin) for the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. She was named to Florida’s All-State Orchestra for five years and served as a high school math tutor and a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the school’s math honor society and club.

A volunteer with Pinellas Hope Homeless Shelter, Hossain also helped found Create Your Canvas Service Group along with fellow 2017 WOW Scholar Brandon Maxwell. The organization offered lessons in the performing and visual arts to underprivileged kids. Wrote Kim Graham Lawless, Berkeley’s Director of Community Engagement and The Berkeley Academy, of Hossain, “She is a student who has been able to use her passion for service, love of the arts, talents and resources to make a lasting impression in the lives of young children.” She added, “She is a young lady who cares very deeply about the well-being of others and seeks out opportunities in her community to help others.”

Describing Hossain as resilient and tough while also gracious and compassionate, Martha DeWeese, Berkeley’s AP Biology teacher, added, “Julia Hossain is a young lady with maturity far beyond her years. She has an inner core of steadfastness to work for hours, days, weeks, months and years to achieve a goal. She is a beautiful and gracious person who has compassion for others and is always willing to share her talents.” DeWeese concluded, “I can guarantee that she will make a positive difference.”

Hossain will attend Yale University, where she will study cognitive science.

WOW Sylvester Scholars

The WOW Sylvester Scholars Program honors the late Ernie Sylvester, a longtime Westchase volunteer who also served as a WOW, Inc. Board member. It annually recognizes Westchase high school seniors whose high school careers reflect a commitment to both scholarship and community service. Since its inception in 2006, the program, which also takes into consideration the financial need of its applicants, has recognized dozens of Westchase students with scholarships.

The scholarship application for the class of 2018 will be posted on WOW Online, at in th,e fall. The application deadline is generally in February. Interested residents should keep their eye out for WOW articles announcing its availability.

By Chris Barrett, Publisher; Photos by Patrick Duffey


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