Davidson Academy of Nevada Announces Graduating Class of 2017

Twenty-Four Students Receiving Diplomas


News Release - May 2017
Contact Information: communications@davidsonacademy.unr.edu


(Reno, Nev.) – The Davidson Academy of Nevada, a free public school for profoundly gifted students located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, is pleased to announce its graduating class of 2017.

The 2017 graduates and their post-graduation plans are as follows:

  • Paolo Adajar – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Shashank Addagarla – Stanford University
  • Melissa Bak – Northwestern University
  • Michael Bogert – University of Nevada, Reno
  • Will Combs – University of Chicago
  • Bridget Conway – Oberlin College
  • Ryan Grinnell – University of California, Berkeley
  • Maya Gupta – Babson College
  • Hayley Haas – Vanderbilt University
  • Anna Hayes – University of Oklahoma
  • Ameen Homayoon – Brown University
  • Hannah Huh – Princeton University
  • Breanna Kjoll – University of Nevada, Reno
  • Rinik Kumar – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Eric Liu – Stanford University
  • Luke Ludlow – Brigham Young University
  • Karly McCutcheon – University of Nevada, Reno
  • Matthew Oakley – University of Oklahoma
  • Ian Oh – University of California, Berkeley
  • Elizabeth Phelan – Washington University in St. Louis
  • Dhruv Rohatgi – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Kyle Shelton – University of Nevada, Reno
  • Michelle Vesser – University of Edinburgh
  • Ming Li Wu – Harvard University

Adajar, Addagarla, Bak, Bogert, Combs, Gupta, Haas, Hayes, Homayoon, Huh, Kjull, Kumar, Liu, Oakley, Oh, Phelan, Rohatgi, Vesser and Wu are National Merit Scholar Finalists. Bak and Oh are also Presidential Scholars, two of only 161 students nationwide to receive this honor.

In 1999, the Davidsons founded the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a national nonprofit located in Reno that supports our nation’s brightest young people, and in 2006 the Davidson Academy opened as a unique type of public school, called a "university school for profoundly gifted pupils" created by the Nevada State Legislature (Nevada Revised Statute 388C). For more information about the Davidson Institute and Davidson Academy, please visit www.DavidsonGifted.org and www.DavidsonAcademy.UNR.edu.