New Scholars 2014-2015
For the 2014-2015 academic year, the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has honored five incoming students with a Dedman Distinguished Scholarship. Each Dedman Scholar will receive an award of $25,000 per year, plus funding for study abroad, and additional support for unpaid internships and thesis research. Dedman Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and accomplishments.
Jack Ceverha (Plan II Honors/Computer Science, from Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas)
While at Highland Park High School, Jack served as the captain of the football team, was a member of the track & field team, and played clarinet in the school’s band. Jack also won numerous academic awards, volunteered at the Perot Museum, and participated in the YMCA’s Youth and Government civic engagement program. He is interested in computer science, especially programming, and looks forward to learning more about the interaction of computer science and the arts while at UT.
Dana Moore (Plan II Honors/Architecture, from MacArthur High School, San Antonio, Texas)
A life-long girl scout, Dana was heavily involved in volunteer work and civic activities while at MacArthur High. She served as the editor of the student literary magazine and was president of her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Dana also was captain of the volleyball team and played on the all-district softball team as well. Dana’s passion is architecture: she job-shadowed at an architecture firm in the city, explored the quirky architecture of her own neighborhood, and won several state contests for architectural drawing. She plans to double-major in Plan II and architecture at UT.
Bahar Sahami (Plan II Honors/International Relations, from Liberty High School, Frisco, Texas)
Bahar distinguished herself at Liberty High School not only through her outstanding academic achievement, but also through her leadership as President of her school’s World Affairs Council, organizing fundraising and volunteer projects. Bahar served as Speech Captain of the debate team and won the Best Speaker Award at a national Leadership and Politics summer program at Princeton University. She completed a yearlong mentorship course in international business law with an SMU law professor. She volunteers as a teen court attorney for Collin County. Bahar is fluent in Farsi and Spanish, and plans to continue her interest in world affairs and law by studying international relations at UT.
Mayra Sharma (Plan II Honors, from Coronado High School, El Paso, Texas)
Valedictorian at Coronado High, Mayra founded a group known as BuenFin Music to showcase the talent of young local musicians. As the marketing and communications director, she worked with local venues to organize monthly shows at coffee shops and parks for these El Paso artists. Mayra also worked with a political engagement group to get the youth informed and engaged in political causes. The non-profit organization “We(FillintheBlank)” hosted public forums with numerous local politicians and candidates for office. Mayra also participated in National Honor Society, math and science UIL, and worked as a journalist for El Paso Downtown. She also started the “laughing yoga” club to help relieve stress at school. She is looking forward to exploring the many academic opportunities at UT through the Plan II and Polymathic Sciences honors programs.
Barrett Smith (Liberal Arts Honors/English, from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington D.C )
At the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Barrett excelled in creative writing. She served as editor of “Daisy James,” a lifestyle magazine, and “Room 18,” a literary magazine, as well as producing and publishing the school’s yearbook. In addition to participating in her church’s youth group and a local recreational soccer league, Barrett was a student acrobat with a Trapeze School. She also interned at local writing labs and taught writing workshops for kids. Third in her class, Barrett won several academic awards, including national and state-level writing competitions. Barrett is excited to take classes and pursue her love of writing while at UT.