Selection of Roya Mirhossaini gives Coronado 2 Boettcher winners for 2011

       In the first 40 years of Coronado High School, there had been only five winners of the highly competitive, full-ride Boettcher scholarship.
       This year, it turns out, there are two more.

Roya Mirhossaini
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       Roya Mirhossaini, who had been a finalist in the recent Boettcher judging, was announced as a late selection for the award last week, apparently because one of the initial 40 winners turned it down. She joins classmate Scott Von Thun, who had been announced the week before.
       “I was an alternate,” Roya explained. “I didn't know what rank. But I'm really happy with it. It's so amazing. It's a huge [financial] burden off my family's shoulders.”
       She plans to attend CU-Boulder, focusing on biochemistry and Middle Eastern studies. Later, she would like to go to medical school and become a surgeon, preferably in an international setting.
       Such global thinking is definitely in character for Roya, whose parents emigrated from Iran. Born in Denver, she has lived in Colorado Springs since she was about 3 years old. She grew up bilingual, speaking English as well as Farsi, the Persian language (which she's studied outside school), and at Coronado she has been taking French and German.
       The Boettcher judges' criteria include academic success and school/ community involvement, and Roya is strong in both. Her cumulative 4.7143 grade-point average ranks third in Coronado's 2011 graduating class. She's had all A's; however, she pointed out that her GPA is lower than those of the two students ahead of her because the first two years of foreign language classes lack the “honors” designation that makes an A worth 5 points instead of 4.
       Outside the classroom, Roya's activities require a list, which follows:
  • She founded the Invisible Children's Club, raising money to help the child soldiers in Uganda “get an education and transition into normal life.”
  • She is vice president of the National Honor Society, through which she has organized different community service events (including the Harvest of Love fundraiser, which included Pie in the Face Day).
  • She founded the National French Honor Society at Coronado.
  • She is co-president this year of the school's National German Honor Society, including organizing a blood drive.
  • She is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and was president in her junior year.

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