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Leila Heidari, daughter of Khosrow and Melissa Heidari of Columbia, is a graduate of Cardinal Newman School, where she was senior class president, a member of the National Honor Society, secretary of the French Club, member of the academic quiz bowl team, delegate to Palmetto Girls State, member of Cardinal Newman Honor Council and member of the varsity tennis team. Heidari has an interest in math and science but has not declared a major.

Katie Rose Higgins, daughter of Kevin and Kay Higgins of Charleston, is a graduate of First Baptist School, where she was student president, member of the National Honor Society and member of the math team. She was named MVP of varsity basketball, varsity volleyball and varsity golf and was the South Carolina state champion in golf. Higgins plans on majoring in business.

Michael Hood, son of Charles and Anita Hood of Columbia, is a graduate of Irmo High School, where he was a National Merit scholar, Palmetto fellow, U.S. Presidential Scholarship candidate, AP scholar with distinction, chapter president of the National Honor Society, member and senior co-captain of the varsity tennis team and delegate to South Carolina Palmetto Boys State. A pianist, Hood attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities and competed in the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Composers Contest, where he was state winner for the past five years and regional winner and national finalist for three years. Both of Michael’s parents were Carolina Scholars. Hood is interested in pre-med and plans to major in biomedical engineering with a minor in music.

Priyanka Juneja, daughter of Anil and Anita Juneja of Irmo, is a graduate of Dutch Fork High School where she was an AP scholar, AP scholar with distinction, captain of the mock trial team and participated in Taekwondo. Juneja has an interest in pre-law and plans on majoring in international business.

Jessica Kaczmarek, daughter of Jacek and Aleksandra Kaczmarek of North Augusta, is the 2010 valedictorian of North Augusta High School, where she was vice president of the National Honor Society, member of Beta Club and contributor to the school magazine, The Painted Quilt. She won national first place awards in business communications and computer applications at the 2008 and 2009 Future Business Leaders of America national leadership conference. She also volunteered more than 200 hours at University Hospital and at Fort Discovery. Kaczmarek plans on majoring in chemistry with a minor in business.

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