Cohort 2017

Ayesha Ahsan

Ayesha Ahsan

Hello everyone! My name is Ayesha Ahsan and I was born in Houston, Texas. My family moved to Arizona when I was quite young so this has always been my home. I graduated from Paragon Science Academy in Chandler, Arizona in an extremely small graduating class of 16 students. I was incredibly involved in high school. I was a part of the Dignity Health Summer Volunteer Program, the National Honors Society, Science Olympiad, the Chief Science Officers Program, and was a volunteer at my local mosque, along with a couple of other things. I love watching movies, reading books and listening to music. I basically just love to intake as much art as possible. My favorite book series of all time is Harry Potter. Cliché, I know, but that series is the absolute best, hands down. I’m always looking for a new read so if you know of any good books, definitely let me know.

Esmeralda Barrientos

Esmeralda Barrientos

My name is Esmeralda Barrientos and I am majoring in Secondary Education. Involvement has always been a priority of mine, I believe involvement reflects on both my grades and character. Throughout high school I was involved in many clubs and organizations. In National Honor Society, I chaired the canned food drive and Pennies for Patients. The purpose of the canned food drive is to help our local food bank feed our community during the holidays. The canned food drive by far has been my biggest accomplishment during my entire high school career. We received a record breaking amount of canned foods donated to Sierra Linda! I was responsible to promulgate the cause and to carry the boxes from all the classes to the office, organize them by food, and then count how much of each food we received. It was very laborious work, but it was a very rewarding experience, and to this day, warms my heart and will always be one of my top accomplishments. I look forward to becoming involved with a larger population of the community with LSP. “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” William Shakespeare

Calvin Chen

Calvin Chen

Time sure passes by quickly! It only seems like yesterday that I was a freshman at Ironwood High School who was horribly shy and lost in terms of what I wanted to accomplish in life, which also included asking for directions on campus all the time. Looking back I’m proud to have stepped out of my comfort zone and made it my goal to get more involved each year. Some examples would be KEY Club, FBLA, and NHS which I also held officer positions in. That goal will still be the same for my next four years at ASU and being in the LSP program is a fantastic launching pad to do so. I’m from Glendale, Arizona and have been living here for my whole life, except for the two years that I’ve spent with my grandparents in China. Being able to help others while making sure to stay positive as much as possible is my priority on a daily basis. I’m extremely grateful for being accepted to this program and hope to meet a bunch more people from a variety of backgrounds. Everyone has a story and I’m excited to hear about each and every one of them.

Lucas Crane

Lucas Crane

Originally born in San Francisco, I moved to Flagstaff, Arizona when I was one year old. Since then, Flagstaff has been my world. Because Flagstaff is much colder than Tempe, on top of my high school, BASIS Flagstaff, only having thirty-two graduates in 2017, it’s fair to say that Arizona State will be a very different experience for me, but I’m looking forward to it! While the location and communities are much different, I still hope to be involved in the same things as I was in high school. I was Captain of a new basketball program for two years, was Speech Captain on the Speech and Debate team, and played on the chess team. On top of that, I was a member of National Honor Society and helped found the Flagstaff Anti-Bullying Foundation. Outside of school, I love playing piano, obsessing over the NBA and listening to good music. Most importantly, my goal is to always put a smile on people’s faces! I’ll be majoring in Civil Engineering, but I want to make an impact using all my talents and interests. That’s why I’m so excited to be a part of LSP. I get to bring everything to the table and use it to boost everyone around me. LSP, thank you so much for this incredible opportunity! Here’s to the future!

Max Fees

Max Fees

For as long as I can remember I have called myself a Sun Devil. After all, I come from a family of Sun Devils. Not only did both of my parents attend ASU, but also all four of my grandparents! I am incredibly excited to be a part of such a fantastic community. I am a proud Bronco from Brophy College Preparatory located in Central Phoenix. In high school, a majority of my time was dedicated to sports, and on the field I was a captain of both the Football and Baseball team. Off the field, I was involved with student government, the voice of two Brophy podcasts, and president of Brophy/Xavier Musicians Exchange. One of my favorite projects, however, was writing the music for two original student theatre productions: “Jurassic Park: The Musical” and the comic book satire “Punchline”. Outside of school you could find me performing with my band at Shake Shack or in the backyard playing spikeball with my four younger siblings. Looking to the future, I hope to make a global impact through my service for others and my commitment to social justice. I have a passion for bringing people together, especially through music, and I’m looking forward to embracing the larger ASU community through my involvement. Thank you ASU, and the rest of the LSP community, for this tremendous opportunity. I bleed maroon and gold and I am proud to be a Sun Devil!

Angela Foley

Angela Foley

Hello – it’s your nerdy, outdoorsy LSP-er Angela Foley speaking! Westwood High School made me a Warrior through and through. At Westwood, I was involved in Earth Club, National Honor Society, Model United Nations (MUN) and orchestra. My best memories from Westwood include traveling to Bejing, China and Prague, Czech Republic for international MUN conferences, planning Westwood’s first MUN conference, tutoring Algebra in Spanish, and graduating from the International Baccalaureate program in one piece (and as Valedictorian). Raised a Girl Scout (no, I don’t sell cookies anymore), the desire to serve others has long been ingrained in me. I feel most alive when I am playing violin or piano, rock climbing, hiking, writing poetry and narratives, practicing yoga, or doing anything outdoors! The bulk of my “free time” during high school was dedicated to training and traveling for National-level rock climbing competitions. I can’t wait to be an active member of the LSP community. In addition, I look forward to taking part in the ASU Outdoors Club, the Philharmonia orchestra, and the Next Generation Service Corps. As a Barrett student, I intend to study Industrial Engineering, Public Policy and Spanish. I aspire to help Arizona transition to more sustainable energy forms through energy policy and engineering. I’m looking forward to becoming part of the LSP family!

Kevin Goddard

Kevin Goddard

My name is Kevin Goddard and I am currently an incoming sustainability major with a wide range of interests relating to environmental architectural engineering and urban design. I have a passion for coffee and would definitely consider myself to be a social and outgoing person. I enjoy being involved. I participated in several clubs in high school and look forward to engaging in the ASU community! I would just like to extend an invite to grab some coffee and talk to anyone with the slightest interest. I am beyond excited to be apart of LSP and the incoming class of 2021!

Andrew Hoiby

Andrew Hoiby

Hello, my name is Andrew Hoiby and I graduated from Thunderbird High School located in North Phoenix. During my time in high school I played a variety of sports such as baseball, golf and track. I also spent a large portion of time working as a volunteer for my schools National Honor Society Chapter and my local Boys Team Charity North Valley Chapter. During my senior year I served as President for both and helped give back to local communities. My favorite philanthropy was Pats Run where my dad and I volunteered for the event every year since 2011. I found the value of involvement through my time in high school and look forward to continuing this during my collegiate years. I enjoy going out with friends on the weekends, playing all sports, and of course, catching the latest football game. I can’t wait to join the Inferno this year and cheer on ASU football and basketball during the season. At ASU, I intend to impact local communities and help create a better culture for future generations to learn and grow within. I look forward to all of the opportunities that ASU and LSP have to offer, and know that with hard work and dedication anything is possible. Go Devils!

Ameya Kapur

Ameya Kapur

Hi all! If you’re reading this, you have reached the profile page of me, Ameya Kapur. I know it’s very hard to pronounce, not everyone quite gets it on the first try. Now, the first thing people usually say to me is “Wow, you’re tall.” At 6 foot 2 inches, the struggle is real. The next thing people usually tell me is “Oh, so you must play basketball (based on my height of course).” Since freshman year, I have been a member of the BASIS Scottsdale varsity basketball team, and there is no greater school I could ever play for. I know this trend will only continue as I take my first baby steps into ASU. Basketball, and simply sports in general, have always served as an escape for me; a place where I can travel to for an extended period of time and not have to feel the stress of ongoing applications and essays. When it comes to my favorite sports teams, I’m an avid supporter of the Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, and any team LeBron James plays for. And finally, I’m a people person. From cracking a simple joke to fostering heart-to-heart conversations, I have always tried to make an effort to connect with those around me and, as a result, develop myself further. I am so excited to begin a new chapter in my life with ASU and hope to take advantage of every opportunity I get. Forks up!

Betzaira Landa

Betzaira Landa

Hola! My name is Betzaira Landa, and I am from Phoenix, Arizona. I’m a Xavier College Preparatory graduate, and really enjoy being of service to others. Throughout high school I was dedicated to participate in everything, from National Honor Society, Student Ambassadors, Health Careers Club, Mock Trial to volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul. I am very proud of all that I have accomplished, and look forward to continuing my efforts at Arizona State University. I will be studying Business (Spanish Language & Culture), an exciting multicultural career. This will allow me to work in the global market, and be of service to those in other countries. I am really excited to be a member of the LSP family, and look forward to what the future holds!

Daniel Laufer

Daniel Laufer

My name is Daniel Laufer and I’ll be majoring in Engineering Management. I was born and raised in Mesa, AZ and a graduate of Mountain View High School. I enjoy traveling, trying new foods and laughing with friends. I love to play tennis and played on my high school team, and also like outdoor activities, especially running, biking and hiking. I have enjoyed volunteering in my community, such as with Save the Family and the Mesa Fire Department, and I still strongly consider a career in the fire service to this day. I have an amazing family that has pushed me to succeed and would be nowhere without them. I am very excited to be part of LSP and a student at ASU!

Alexa Lemke

Alexa Lemke

Hello! My name is Alexa Lemke and I was born and raised in Arizona; yet somehow I’m still not used to the 120 degree heat! I attended Williams Field High School in Gilbert where I was involved in Marching Band, Student Council, National Honors Society, Math Club, created my own club- the HOBY Leadership Club, and graduated top 20 in my class. I love quotes, smoothies, student council, marching band and helping others! The two programs that have shaped me into who I am today are Hugh O’ Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership and Arizona Association of Student Councils (AASC). I have attended numerous events, camps, seminars, fundraisers and alumni activities for both of these organizations and wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom to volunteer for a HOBY Seminar. I owe the world to HOBY and AASC for teaching me everything I know about leadership and service. I am SO excited to start my college career as a Sun Devil and learn about my passion, the environment. Go Devils!!

Luke Liano

Luke Liano

My name is Luke Liano and I am a 2017 graduate of Campo Verde High School in Gilbert, Arizona. I will be attending the W.P. Carey School of Business majoring in Finance. I have lived in the same house in Gilbert, AZ for almost my entire life. Throughout my high school career, I served in Campo Verde’s Student Council for all four years and had a position in National Honor Society for two years. As a Senior, I was the Senior Class President of my school. Outside of my academics I enjoy many outdoor activities. I spend my time hunting, fishing, hiking and much more. You can always find me up north in Payson, AZ or at Saguaro Lake. My goal as a representative of LSP is to work with various people of different backgrounds in order to give back to our amazing community. I am eager to spend the next four years of my life with this amazing and unique family of individuals. Forks up!

Kellen Lynch

Kellen Lynch

Hello! My name is Kellen Lynch and I’m incredibly excited to be attending ASU as a member of LSP this coming year. I’ve lived in Mesa, Arizona my entire life and recently graduated valedictorian of the 2017 class of Desert Ridge High School. My current major is economics; however, I’ve already changed majors four times so the jury is still out on whether or not it’s going to stick. I currently work as a lifeguard at the Sun Devil Fitness Center in Tempe and have been swimming basically my entire life. Along with running cross country all four years in high school, I also played club water polo. As a part of the Mesa Water Polo Club, I went to the Junior Olympics and played with the Olympic Development Program. Outside of athletics, I have completely devoted myself to becoming the biggest nerd possible and pride myself on being a “Game of Thrones” super fan. Other than that, there’s not much else to tell.

Yasmeen Maatough

Yasmeen Maatough

Hello! My name is Yasmeen Maatough! I was born in Mesa, Arizona and have been living in Arizona since 1999. I am an Arizona College Prep-Erie graduate. Over the past four years of my high school career, I have been involved in the National Honors Society, Spanish Honor Society (Historian), Mu Alpha Theta (Publicist) and StuGo. Outside of school, I volunteered at the Chandler Education Foundation office and at the Tempe Public Library for many hours during the summer. Currently, I volunteer at the Banner Desert Hospital every Saturday. I am beyond excited to be a Sun Devil in the fall. I will be majoring in Biological Sciences and hope to pursue a career in the medical field. P.S. I LOVE coffee

Sandra Magana

Sandra Magana

Hello everyone! My name is Sandra Magaña and I’m from Somerton, Arizona. A small town where everybody knows everybody. I graduated from Kofa High School and throughout my four years in attendance, I was heavily involved in extracurricular activities but primarily in the theatre program. Outside of school, I worked to serve my community. I have volunteered at the Crossroads Mission for several years and I plan to continue doing so. When I’m not at school or volunteering, I like to take pictures, read a book, swim, or just have a good time with friends! I’ve always found comfort in writing so it would only seem fitting to major in English. I like to express myself through different forms of art whether that means on stage or on paper. After ASU, I plan on going to law school to become a Civil Rights attorney. I’m extremely outgoing, dedicated, and I strive for success in whatever I do. My personality is based around my humor so expect me to be cracking a lot of jokes! (I apologize for my sarcasm ahead of time). Here’s to the next four years! Go Sun Devils!

Aria Mathew

Aria Mathew

Hello! My name is Aria Mathew and I am from Chandler, Arizona. I have lived in Chandler all my life and I absolutely love it. I am a graduate of Hamilton High School. I am involved in National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Link Crew. Outside of school, I am actively involved with my church. I helped start the chapter of I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program). This program provides shelter and food to the homeless citizens in Chandler while they search for a stable job. Volunteering for I-HELP has taught me the importance of gratitude and perseverance. In my free time, I love hiking, exercising, and hanging out with my friends. I love the Arizona landscape and I enjoy spending time in nature. I currently work at Mathnasium and my church’s nursery. I can’t wait for my freshman year of college!

Daniella Mendoza

Daniella Mendoza

Hello! My name is Daniella Mendoza. I graduated from Veritas Preparatory Academy. During my four years of high school, I participated in my school’s mentor program, house leadership and drama club. I am very close to my family. My younger sister Maria’s smile is my biggest influence in choosing a career in education. In overcoming Down’s Syndrome, Maria is constantly smiling and laughing. I love seeing her joy in overcoming obstacles and I want to help other kids overcome theirs. I volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospice of the Valley. I am also a youth group leader at my church. Since I was little my parents have always told me how important it is for us to be generous even if we have barely enough for ourselves. They told me that just because we were not at the moment in a time of need, it did not mean we would never be in a time of need again. I hope to empower other people to become leaders in their community and learn from others as well. I love going to the movies, hitting up thrift shops, and planning road trips to Disneyland. I have never been to Mexico, but I experience the culture through my parents’ stories, language and traditions. Both my parents are from Mexico, and they came to the United States when my mom was pregnant with my oldest brother. They came here looking for a fresh start but never forgot their roots. My parents always told stories about their lives in Mexico and regularly uphold certain traditions. I love learning about different cultures and I hope to travel the world one day!

Anahi Montes Lima

Anahi Montes Lima

Hi everyone! I’m an Arizona native and a Wickenburg High School graduate. These past four years, I liked to work on volunteer projects and various activities my clubs at school were doing, earning the nicknames “overachiever” or “busy bee” from my friends. I participated in clubs such as DECA, Thespian Troupe, SADD and NHS. Some of my favorite volunteer opportunities were the Santa Photoshoot, Gold Rush parking lots and Kindergarten roundup. I also did my first high school sport this past year, cross-country! I like drinking coffee/tea, reading and watching Netflix. I absolutely love theatre, becoming the historian and Vice president for our Thespian Troupe. I hope to participate in a musical at ASU because learning dance choreography was so much fun. My favorite musical is Chicago and I think I’ve gotten pretty good at rapping to the Hamilton soundtrack! My predominant goal is to learn Japanese and someday travel to Japan. Although I do not play an instrument, I love listening to all sorts of music from genres like Electronic to Cumbias. My favorite artist is Lana Del Rey! I’m the first in my family to go to university and feel blessed to start my journey with LSP! I can’t wait to get to know you all more!

Nomith Murari

Nomith Murari

Hello! My name is Nomith Murari and I’m a graduate of Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona. I’ll be majoring in Finance at Arizona State, and I hope to one day become the Chief Financial Officer of a major corporation. I’m a fan of basketball (which I never play) and love to cook. As for my endeavors outside of school, I’m an avid chess player and was a mathlete in high school. I also started my own club called Students Passing On Knowledge, a club which lets high school students work with elementary and middle school students as mentors. I also worked at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, which gave me a lot of perspective of office life. My aim is to use my perspectives in business to help children and education in the future. I truly believe ASU is the perfect place to pursue those goals. Go Devils!

Nhu Nguyen

Nhu Nguyen

I was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam and moved to Arizona when I was 10 years old. I attended Coronado High School, where I took part in many extracurricular activities such as Hosa, Student Government, Link Crew, Key Club and Cheer. Regularly, I volunteer for the Scottsdale Public Library and the HonorHealth Hospital at Osborn. I aspire to be a neurosurgeon and have a great passion for the medical field. I love traveling, animals and Netflix. I also have a very unhealthy obsession for my dog, Dude. Lastly, I am extremely excited to be a Sun Devil and an LSP member! I truly cannot wait to embark on this journey. :)

Blu Pee

Blu Pee

I’m Karen. It’s not my name, it’s my ethnicity. I’m sure it is not very common that one would hear about this particular culture; however, it plays a pivotal role in who I am and my perspective on life. I was born and raised in a refugee camp in western Thailand. The hardship of growing up in a refugee camp made me appreciate everything life has to offer, good and bad. I’m open-minded. I don’t care to be right, I care to understand. To me, there’s never a right or wrong because everything is about understanding. I graduated from Camelback High School. I am the first in my family to be going to college, with a full-ride. During my high school year, I was quite involved in sports such as volleyball, cross country, soccer and tennis. I was also in DECA, a marketing and entrepreneur program, that helped me develop my public speaking skills and enhanced my leadership skills through problem solving and understanding every perspective. Throughout my senior year, my life was a chaos. I had a baby, fell behind in classes, got disowned by my family, went homeless for a while, fell more behind in school, and was on the senior fail list 3 weeks before I graduated. C.S. Lewis once said, “hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny” and I believe that. It is such an honor to be a part of the LSP family. Not only I will be bonding with my fellow cohort, but I believe it will make me into the person I have always strived to be, and that’s being a role model for people around me and inspiring the heart of many, especially my little boy.

Jenna Pinkney

Jenna Pinkney

My name is Jenna Pinkney and I am an incoming freshman at Arizona State University! I grew up in a military family, so having to move between different schools, states, and countries became a lifestyle. I’ve lived in Tucson, Arizona for the past four years and it’s safe to say I’m extremely excited to turn my forces against the Wildcats and become a Sun Devil! I pretty much spend a lot of my free time traveling, watching Netflix, journaling, and going out with friends! I’m pretty outgoing once I get comfortable with people. My favorite foods are mac & cheese, pasta bowls (you know the ones where the bowl is made of bread), and peanut m&ms!! I’m currently a Journalism Major and can’t wait to study at Cronkite on the Downtown Campus! Phoenix will be a completely new environment, but I’m ready to tackle it as best as I can! I’m so excited to be at ASU and in LSP and can’t wait for all the growth to begin!

Emma Short

Emma Short

Hi! My name is Emma Short and I’m native to beautiful, sunny Arizona. I am a graduate of Sunrise Mountain High School and over the past four years I have been involved in numerous extracurricular activities. Some of my favorites include Student Council, National Honors Society, Jobs for Arizona Graduates (JAG) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Our senior class motto was, “We take the world as we find it and leave it a better place.” This motto inspired me to make a difference at Sunrise by passing out random inspirational notes to peers, hosting a senior citizens’ prom at our local residential nursing care facility and organizing a successful Christmas Angels program for four years. Making an impact outside school activities is also important to me. I have gone on several mission trips with my church. I built houses in Mexico for homeless families with 1Mission, traveled to Africa to teach youth ministry and educate families about Malaria disease prevention and traveled to the Czech Republic as a young adult Christian ambassador. With all these adventures, I enjoyed connecting with people, experiencing their culture, and learning about their journey through life the most. These experiences inspired me to obtain a Business Communication degree with a minor in Public Service. Although I am not sure exactly how I want to affect world change, I am passionate about helping others and making a difference!