2010 ABC 7 Top Scholars recognizes and rewards the Bay Area's top high school students. Each of our winners received a $1,000 scholarship that will go to his or her college education. Their stories go beyond the achievement in the classroom. They are all leaders of exceptional character and each one has a unique background and inspiring personal story to tell. Discover how they are making the world a better place! >> Watch Video Meet the 2010 ABC7 Top Scholars:
Ana Plascencia, Archbishop Mitty High School
A young woman from San Jose who became a trailblazer and activist in her home and school by
staying true to her heritage.
Nicole Bauthier, Terra Linda High School
A young woman from San Rafael whose passion for the arts has helped shape her as a leader.
Druthi Ghanta, Foothill High School
A young woman from Pleasanton whose interest in the human brain has led her to help those with
Joe Pak, Carlmont High School
A young man from Redwood City whose passion for leadership has earned the respect of everyone
Jonathan Drennan, Santa Teresa High School
A young man from San Jose who turned his disability into an inspiration and determination to
fight for others living with disabilities.
Carolyn Esserman, Miramonte High School
A young woman from Orinda who established her own non-profit foundation that's geared towards
helping impoverished girls living in Nicaragua.
About the Program:
The ABC7 Top Scholars program is a scholarship and television opportunity recognizing the
Bay Area's top high school academic achievers. It awards $1000 scholarships to six local college
bound graduating high school seniors. Invitations to participate in program were sent to
hundreds of schools throughout the Bay Area looking for the best and brightest college bound high
school seniors. The annual project is intended to promote academic excellence by honoring and
rewarding our top achievers. Each applicant had at least a 3.7 GPA and an impressive list of
school activities and honors. In the end, there was a short essay designed to set our winners
apart from the rest.
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About Ralston Hall Mansion:
Ralston Hall Mansion is located on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University in
Belmont. Notre Dame de Namur University is a fully accredited, independent, Catholic,
co-educational, master's university founded in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in San
Jose and moved to Belmont, California, in 1923. For more information:
ABC7 Top Scholars 2010