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Lake Travis High School Announces Class of 2021 Top Ten Scholars

Lake Travis High School principal Gordon Butler is pleased to announced the top ten scholars from the Class of 2021. The top ten are scholars who have earned the highest cumulative weighted Grade Point Average over four years within their graduating class of 857 students. These students have taken the most rigorous courses available throughout all four years of their high school career in order to achieve this accomplishment. They will graduate with the Distinguished Level of Achievement which assures them automatic acceptance into any Texas public college.
 
The Top 10 scholars from the Lake Travis High School Class of 2021 are:
  
Manoj Singireddy, Valedictorian
  • What college will you be attending next year and what do you plan to study?
I plan to study Computer Science. Accepted: The University of Texas at Austin, Georgia Institute of Technology Applied: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania
  • What LTISD campuses did you attend?
Lakeway Elementary, Hudson Bend Middle School, Lake Travis High School.
  • What is your favorite memory at LTHS?
During my sophomore year DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida, we stopped to eat at a McDonald’s the night before we came back home. While waiting in line, I met peers from across the country who are now close friends that I still talk to today.
  • Quote that defines you?
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” - Confucius
 
Julius Heitkoetter, Salutatorian
  • What college will you be attending next year and what do you plan to study?
Applied to MIT, UT, UPenn, Harvard, Stanford, and Boston University for Computer Science.
  • What LTISD campuses did you attend?
Lake Travis Elementary, Hudson Bend Middle School, Lake Travis High School.
  • What is your favorite memory at LTHS?
My favorite memory at LTHS was helping start the LTHS Sailing Team and being a part of its community.
  • Quote that defines you?
“No road is long with a good friend and a smile"
 
Sydney Schrader, Top 10 Scholar
  • What college will you be attending next year and what do you plan to study?
Unsure, I applied to A&M, UT, Rice, UVA, Duke, Yale, Vanderbilt, and Stanford
  • What LTISD campuses did you attend?
Lakeway Elementary, Hudson Bend Middle School, and LTHS
  • What is your favorite memory at LTHS?
While I spent my time doing something very different each year of my time at LTHS, I will always cherish the friends I made along the way and getting to watch people I have known since 2nd grade grow up with me. I will always love and miss the random conversations in the hall when we bump into each other, and the things we got to share when we shared a class.
  • Quote to that defines you?
"We don’t really make friends, they make us.” - Bob Goff
 
Luke Lovelace, Top 10 Scholar
  • What college will you be attending next year and what do you plan to study?
Texas A&M College Station - Engineering
  • What LTISD campuses did you attend?
Serene Hills Elementary, Hudson Bend Middle School, and LTHS.
  • What is your favorite memory at LTHS?
Anytime Mr. Coslet blew up something. It doesn't matter what it was, as long as it went BOOM!
  • Quote that defines you?
"It is impossible to define your entire life in one quote, so stop trying." - Luke Lovelace
 
Tin Nguyen, Top 10 Scholar
  • What college will you be attending next year and what do you plan to study?
I applied to UT, MIT, Duke, and UPenn. I plan to study economics/finance/computer science.
  • What LTISD campuses did you attend?
Lakeway Elementary, HBMS, and LTHS
  • What is your favorite memory at LTHS?
Playing soccer at LT has been a large part of high school and my favorite experience. Winning district and going to the state tournament were memories that I will never forget, but the best part about soccer was getting to share intense experiences with all the teammates I've played with over the years.
  • Quote to that defines you?
"A lesson without pain is meaningless. For you cannot gain anything without sacrificing something else in return, but once you have overcome it and made it your own, you will gain a powerful, unmatched heart."
 
Swetha Ayinala, Top 10 Scholar
  • What college will you be attending next year and what do you plan to study?
Psychology; Accepted: University of Texas at Austin; Applied: Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania
  • What LTISD campuses did you attend?
Lakeway Elementary, Hudson Bend Middle School, Lake Travis High School
  • What is your favorite memory at LTHS?
Traveling to St. Louis with the LT Cav band to compete at a marching competition is one of my favorite memories of my time at LTHS. I met many people from across the country at this competition and got to experience something that I never had before.
  • Quote that defines you?
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Gandhi
 
Megan Sundheim, Top 10 Scholar
  • What college will you be attending next year and what do you plan to study?
I plan to study Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • What LTISD campuses did you attend?
Bee Cave Elementary, Lake Travis Middle School, Lake Travis High School.
  • What is your favorite memory at LTHS?
My favorite memory at LTHS is when my best friends and I dressed up as party animals and danced with the rest of the Cavalettes in fun costumes for the final rehearsal of Canned Heat for the Spring Show.
  • Quote that defines you?
“What, like it’s hard?” - Elle Woods
 
Kevin Stapleton, Top 10 Scholar
  • What college will you be attending next year and what do you plan to study?
I applied to MIT, CMU, Harvard, UT Austin, U Penn. I really hope to get accepted to CMU.
  • What LTISD campuses did you attend?
Lake Pointe, LTMS, LTHS.
  • What is your favorite memory at LTHS?
Walking into robotics on the first day of junior year and seeing that Mr. Lowe was still at the school, even though he said he would leave the year prior. That moment made me smile.
  • Quote that defines you?
"The only mistake is not learning from them."- Henry Ford
 
Erin Fitzgerald, Top 10 Scholar
  • What college will you be attending next year and what do you plan to study?
Accepted to UT Canfield Business Honors Program, waiting for decisions from out-of-state schools.
  • What LTISD campuses did you attend?
Lake Travis Elementary School, Hudson Bend Middle School, Lake Travis High School.
  • What is your favorite memory at LTHS?
Raising $6,461 for Interfaith Action of Texas refugee children at the Lake Travis International Fair.
  • Quote that defines you?
"The highest form of knowledge is empathy" - Bill Bullard
 
Lindsey Bowen, Top 10 Scholar
  • What college will you be attending next year and what do you plan to study?
Computer Science, SMU.
  • What LTISD campuses did you attend?
Serene Hills Elementary, Hudson Bend MS, LTHS.
  • What is your favorite memory at LTHS?
My favorite memory from LTHS is when we made finals at Bands of America Austin and my friend Madeline came and saw. It was super cool to see our hard work pay off.
  • Quote that defines you?
It matters not what you've done, but what you do with what you've done for others" - Noah Centineo