Sydney Basulto, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award South Region Finalist

Sydney Basulto, Chapter 1486 – Samueli Academy High School MUN
Adviser Dina Mahmood
Principal Lee Fleming
Orange County Department of Education

Encouraged by words from her CSF adviser, Sydney to immersed herself in leadership, taking on the role of class president for both her sophomore, and junior years, and is currently the ASB President of the executive board at Samueli Academy. Sydney is also the secretary for the E Sports club, was the vice president of the Pre-Med and Health Science Society and is currently a Link Crew Leader. Outside of school, Sydney has been highly involved with the American Red Cross Youth Services with over 100 hours of community service, organizing fundraisers, hosting donation drives, blood drives and assisting with training for certifications in CPR and first aid.

For college, Sydney is hoping to attend either Rochester Institute of Design, Chapman, or if selected, she would be thrilled to attend Brown University. She plans to major in computer science with a goal of blending her passion for game design and art. This passion has led her to competitive online gaming through E-sports and a game called overwatch where she is on the varsity team

Kevin Bender, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award South Region Finalist

Kevin Bender, Chapter 1341 – Rancho Christian School
Adviser Kristen McCracken
Principal Doris Jackson
Temecula Valley Unified School District

A member of CSF all four years at Rancho Christian High School, Kevin is the senior class president this year, and has held the positions of historian, event coordinator and served as a big brother during his four years. Kevin is also the co-founder of the chess club, and the co-founder and vice president of the fine food and film club. In sports, Kevin has been the captain of the football team for both his junior and his senior years and was recognized as the team offensive player of the year in baseball last year. Outside of school, Keving has earned the prestigious award of Eagle Scout with his project encompassing over 100 hours to restore the entrance sign and to beautify the surrounding landscape of his local Catholic church.

The next step in his future is to attend Claremont McKenna College where he will major in business with a long term goal of becoming a criminal Defense Attorney.

In his free time, Keving’s guilty pleasure is watching Breaking bad, and spending quality time with his friends and family camping.

Rebecca Bourne, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award South Region Finalist

Rebecca Bourne, Chapter 1411 – San Juan Hills High School
Adviser Jinwoo Lee
Principal Manoj Mahindrakar
Capistrano Unified School District

A CSF member for all four years of high school, Rebecca has been the president of San Juan Hills High School for the past two years. During her time, the chapter has been involved in numerous activities including Buddies and Blankets, Sidewalk Chalk Smiles, Feed the Hungry, Valentines Bags for Children at Risk, and arranged other groups to work at the local food bank. Outside of CSF, Rebecca is the president of the pink ribbon club, which supports breast cancer awareness in various ways in the community such as by creating holiday care boxes, school supply kits and letter writing for families receiving assistance. She has also coordinated the pink-out tailgate and fundraiser, designed the club logo and even donated her own hair for cancer patients. Rebecca is also the president of the campus club Just Serve, coordinating over 400 students to prepare and serve meals to the homeless. Outside of school Rebecca also finds time to serve as the president of her church’s youth group.

College plans will take her to BYU where she plans to major in accounting. 

For fun, Rebecca has been writing novels since she was 10.

Mina Ho, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award South Region Finalist

Mina Ho, Chapter 801 – Pacifica High School
Adviser Zsolt Girba
Principal Steve Osborne
Garden Grove Unified School District

Serving as secretary for this year’s CSF chapter at Pacifica High School, Mina has been a member for the past three years and has been the event coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Walk, the event chairperson for the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Restoration project, and the supervisor for the Shipley Nature Center Restoration Service project. Outside of CSF, Mina is the president of National Alliance on Mental Illness club, in an effort to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and to offer support for those in need. Mina is also the current activities chairperson for Project Vietnam, a non-profit, humanitarian organization working to provide medical assistance to families in Vietnam and underserved communities. In athletics, Mina has played soccer as well, earning MVP during 11th grade.

In the Fall, Mina has hopes of attending either UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley or UC Riverside, where she plans to major in Bio Chem, go into Pre Med and plan a future career as a pediatrician. In her time away from the demands of school,

Mina has developed a new hobby of taking .5 pictures, which looks a bit like a selfie with a fisheye lens perspective. It looks like fun, but you’ll need an iPhone 12 or later to try it yourself.

Angela Mariah Hughes, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award South Region Finalist

Angela Mariah, Hughes Chapter 1341 – Rancho Christian School
Adviser Kristen McCracken
Principal Doris Jackson

A three year member of Rancho Christian high School’s CSF Chapter, Angela served as the secretary in 2021. Outside of CSF, Angela is also a 4-year member of NHS, a three year member of  Rancho Christian Women’s Leadership, and a four year member of the Student Ambassador Leadership. She currently serves as the ASB Marketing director this year, and served as  the Junior Class President last year. With all of these activities and positions of leadership, Angela has maintained perfect attendance in high school. In athletics, Angela lettered in volleyball, basketball and track and field, was the team captain in volleyball and track and won MVP in volleyball.

Her college plans are made with her decision to attend Point Loma Nazarene in the Fall to major in Business administration.

If you happen to be in the stands to watch her basketball or volleyball teams play, you will instantly recognize Angela as the one dancing not just because she has to dance, but to lower stress during high intensity games.

Khalif Kamil, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award South Region Finalist

Khalif Kamil, Chapter 1399 – Mission Vista High School
Adviser Joy Straub
Principal Jeremy Walden
Vista Unified School District

Mission Vista High School is where Khalif has been a member of CSF for the past for years where he has served as publicist, vice president, and this year as the president of his chapter. Some of their activities have included the Fallfest fundraiser, the candy leis graduation fundraiser, the CSF end of the year dinner and the Club Carnival fundraiser. In addition to CSF, Khalif is the Tedx Youth Program coordinator and speaker. Search YouTube and you’ll find his TED talk speech called “Don’t Fall for the dark side of technology” about how the reality of AI is not just around the corner, but already in our hands. Khalif is also highly involved in HOSA the future Health Professionals club where he has assumed several roles including fundraising chairperson, treasurer and now president. He is also the current Vice president of the National Honor Society and the STEM club.

For college, Khalif hopes to attend either UCLA or UC San Diego where he will major in biological sciences with the goal of becoming a physician.

When he is home, he likes to unwind by spending time in the kitchen learning how to cook traditional Indian dishes.

, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award South Region Finalist

Ashley Lam, Chapter 1313 – Segerstrom High School
Adviser Kim Nguyen
Principal David Casper
Santa Ana Unified School District

For the past two years Ashley has been the president of Segerstrom High School’s highly active CSF chapter in Santa Ana and has been a member every semester in high school. During her time, she has helping numerous activities such as food supply drives, Trick or Treat coin collection for UNICEF, Holiday Cards for the Ronald McDonald House, school supply drives plus so much more. Outside of CSF, Ashley has also donated over 200 hours of community service through Key Club, where she has been the president since 11th grade. She is also the current president of the National Honor Society, and Project Planet A. Other activities she is involved with include School Site Council, the JPL Open-Source Collaboration Project and the Vietnamese Student Association.

As a dual enrollment student through Santa Ana College, Ashley will have her Associate Degree in biology by this coming June.

Wherever life takes her, Ashley is sure to be a success.

Alyssa Tang, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award South Region Finalist

Alyssa Camille Tang, Chapter 920 – University High School
Adviser Felicia Rohrer Ng
Principal Kevin Astor
Irvine Unified School District

Serving as the president for the past two years of University High School’s active CSF chapter, Alyssa is a three-year member. She has been Involved in many community service events ranging from Halloween Candy drives, to the Beyond Blindness Education Toy drive, and numerous fundraisers from Panda Express to Boba sales, and much more. In addition to CSF, Alyssa is founder, executive director and editor in chief of Eunoia Global Health, an online platform for youth to educate and advocate for public health issues. She is also co-president of the UHS National History Day, the Sword and Shield Journalism Club editor, the co-president of Grey Matter, a Youth movement against Alzheimer’s, plus so much more.

College plans will include either attending a UC, or possibly Stanford, Harvard or Yale where she plans to major in the History of Science and delve into a possible career of research and policy development. In what little spare time she has,

Alyssa loves visiting museums and has even made her way to the Berlin Wall.


Tiffany Tapia Miranda, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award South Region Finalist

Tiffany Tapia Miranda, Chapter 378 – Chula Vista Senior High School
Adviser Gavin Ching
Principal Julio Alcala
Sweetwater Union School District

A member of CSF all four years of high school, Tiffany is the current vice president at Chula Vista Senior High School. She has been involved with several fundraisers including the Kalo Boba, Chipotle, and the Charleston Wrap online fundraiser among others. Outside of CSF, Tiffany is the co-founder and co-president of the school’s National Honor Society, and a member of various clubs such as the advanced string orchestra club, and MECHA. In sports, she excels in tennis with such accolades as the MVP award for two years and serving as the captain for the past three seasons.

For her college plans she is excited to attend Johns Hopkins in the Fall to major in neuroscience, attend med school and pursue a career as an anesthesiologist.

When life gets too busy, Tiffany immerses herself in the world of TikTok and her favorite telenovela.

Kaitlyn Wu, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award South Region Finalist

Kaitlyn Wu, Chapter 1293 – Great Oak High School
Adviser Diana Arban
Principal Aimee Ricken
Temecula Valley Unified School District

The CSF President this year, and the treasurer last year, Kaitlyn has been a four year member of Great Oak High School’s CSF chapter with several key activities including the Red Cross food drive, and the Spectacular prom, an event for special ed students. Outside of CSF, Kaitlyn is the chairman of the Asissteens League, a volunteer organization with the goal of raising money to fund ongoing philanthropic programs to benefit the community, including military care packages, school supplies and backpacks for underprivileged students. Kaitlyn is also the vice president of NHS, vice president of Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, and has served as secretary, then vice president and now president of the Red Cross Club involved in such activities as food drives, blanket crafting events plus so much more. Oh, there’s more. Kaitlyn is also the current president of the Helping hands Learning club which is a tutoring program for local title 1 middle school students in STEM and social studies. She is also vice president of the BioPower Club.

Her college choices are many, including UCLA, Yale, and many other UC’s and CSU’s. Her major will be Cognitive Science with her long term goal of becoming a psychiatrist or a pediatrician. 

Kaitlyn likes to crochet to relax. Her specialty; crocheting sweaters for cats.