California Scholarship Federation 2022-2023 Seymour Central Finalists
Leena Aziz, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award Central Region Finalist

Leena Aziz, Chapter 512 – Redwood High School
Adviser Nicole Vieira
Principal Amanda Richard
Visalia Unified School District

Leena been a 4-year member of CSF at Redwood High School in Visalia, and a member of CJSF during her 7th and 8th grade years. Serving as her CSF chapter vice president this year, and as Junior associate during 11th grade Leena is highly involved in her school’s very active chapter, including service in campus clean-ups, letters to soldiers, book drives, blood drives and so much more.
Outside of CSF, Leena has Founded Alifea, which means “wellness” in Arabic. This platform is a place to raise awareness and help enhance mental health for a balanced lifestyle. 
Leena hopes to attend UCLA or USC majoring in biology or human sciences, looking at careers as a dermatologist, or anesthesiologist.
Leena enjoys playing her classical violin and obsessing over true crime stories.

Michelle Bai, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award Central Region Finalist

Michelle Bai Chapter 1320 – Millennium High School
Adviser Lauren Moore
Principal Carolyn Woods
Tracy Learning Center

A former CJSF member and 4 -year CSF member, Michelle has been highly involved in Millennium High School’s CSF chapter in Tracy. Her activities range from shrimp feeds, to tutoring, to helping children have a brighter Christmas. According to Michelle, so much of who she is comes from her desire to help others.
Outside of CSF, Michelle has committed over 4 years to marching band and is the current president of the Interact club. 
By the time she graduates high school, Michelle will have completed 70 units of college and will have earned two Associate’s Degrees (A.S. Math and Science, and A.A. Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences), the first in the history of Millennium High School to have accomplished this goal.
Michelle hopes to attend UCLA or her dream school, Princeton, majoring in computer science.
A guilty pleasure for her precious few minutes of downtime, Michelle unwinds by playing cat solitaire islands.

Leah Chapman, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award Central Region Finalist

Leah Chapman Chapter 1243 – Buhach Colony High School
Adviser Jennifer Sousa
Principal Jennifer Euker
Merced Union High School District

Leah is one of those girls who code. She has been the president of the club Girls who Code for the past three years, and nationally recognized for her “Hour of Code” project. Serving as the CSF vice president, and a member for all 4 years of high school, Leah has also held officer positions with HOSA, (Future Health Professionals) club, the school newspaper, and served on the city of Merced Youth Council.
In sports, Leah is ranked #1 in tennis, and competes in singles as well as doubles.
Although she has not made a decision yet regarding where to spend her next four years of college, her goal is to major in biology and work in the medical field.
In addition to all of her activities, Leah keeps alive her lifelong dream of one day traveling the world.

Alexander Chatham, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award Central Region Finalist

Alexander Bryan Chatham Chapter 175 – Manteca High School
Adviser Denise Pasion
Principal Megan Peterson
Manteca Unified School District

For the past two school years, Alexander has been the president of Manteca High School’s CSF chapter, where he has orchestrated such service events as Holiday Gram Sales, Finding a Best Friend Animal Rescue Community Service event, and so much more. Alexander currently serves as Vice President of HOSA – Future Health Professionals and Vice President of the National Honor Society.
He also has excelled in sports in both football and track and field. In addition to all of this, Alexander has achieved First Chair Tenor Saxophone in his high school’s marching band. To relax, Alexander likes to produce his own music beats.
Alexander has applied to Stanford, Cal State Long Beach, Fullerton and others, with a goal of achieving a degree in either neuroscience or psychology, and plans to attend med school and become a surgeon. 

Kasey Lassen, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award Central Region Finalist

Kasey Lassen Chapter 888 – Kern Valley High School
Adviser Erin Woodward
Principal John Meyers
Kern High School District

A four-year CSF member, Kasey served as a 9th grade class representative and as president since sophomore year. In her extremely active chapter, Kasey has spearheaded Elementary school carnivals, community clean-up days, survival kits for AP students, blanket drives, food drives, plus so many other activities. On the state level, Kasey helped to organize and host the first ever CSF Student Leadership Conference, and currently serves on the Student Advisory Committee.
Kasey is the founder and current editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, Kern Valley Highlights. In ASB, Kasey has served as sentinel, then vice president, and now president and has received for volleyball, softball, and basketball.
Kasey has applied to Dartmouth, Stanford, Cornell and Cal Poly, planning are to major in BioEngineering, attend med school and become a physician.
To destress, Kasey loves nothing more than throwing on a backpack and heading down a trail.

Kristen Laus, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award Central Region Finalist

Kristen Laus Chapter 1227 – Sunnyside High School
Adviser Jose Benavides
Principal Michele Anderson
Fresno Unified School District

Kristen Laus as this year’s vice president of her CSF chapter. She has been involved with many CSF events such as the “Acts of Kindness” campaign, Boo Zoo, Beautify Fresno and with events during Teacher Appreciation week.
Outside of CSF, Kristen has been deeply involved with her school’s United Student Body in many leadership roles and is currently the Executive Cabinet Secretary and Speaker of the House. Kristen is also the current student board member on the Board of Education, and is a member of the student advisory board.
Kristen is also involved in numerous other councils, clubs and activities.
Kristen plans to attend either UCLA or UC San Diego to major in human biology and begin her career in emergency medicine.
In her own words, Kristen claims to be a raging Taylor Swift fan, and a lover of all things Star Wars.

Jazper Malone, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award Central Region Finalist

Jazper Malone Chapter 1263 – El Diamante High School
Adviser Susan Hatcher
Principal Kimberly Nelson
Visalia Unified School District

A member of CSF all four years of high school and serving as this year’s secretary at El Diamante High School in Visalia, Jazper is considered by his adviser to be the “Most liked student on campus. Wherever he goes he has a compassionate way to reach all people.
From his success as principal chair in his school’s marching band, to being the cross country captain, and a proud member of the BSU/Social Justice Alliance club on campus, Jazper makes an impact wherever he goes. In fact, this positivity is what has enabled him to start and serve as the president of the crocheting club and make it the coolest club on campus.
Jazper has been accepted and plans to attend Fresno State’s Smittcamp Family Honors College, and major in computer science. His goal is to work for a company such as Google, and perhaps someday work for the FBI.

Hannah Nguyen, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award Central Region Finalist

Hannah Nguyen Chapter 1379 – Sierra Pacific High School
Adviser Brian Dull
Principal Darin Parson
Hanford Joint Union High School District

A three-year CSF member, Hannah is currently holding the office of community service chairperson for her chapter at Sierra Pacific High School in Hanford.
Outside of CSF, Hannah is the current president for the Asian American Pacific Islander Club. She is also an instrumental part of the Business Finance Academy, and the Future Business Leaders of America, and the Leo Club. Her many contributions range from See’s Candy fundraisers, to Jamba Juice fundraisers, to toy drives, serving food to the homeless, and assisting with a local blood drive.
In sports, Hannah has played tennis on the varsity team since 2019 receiving the prestigious Golden Doubles Award.
Although she has yet to choose her college, she has applied to many including UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UCLA. Her plans are to major in psychology with the ultimate goal of becoming a therapist, helping those in need.
When she has time to relax, Hannah’s guilty pleasure is watching an anime show called Haikyu, about a shorter boy wanting to become a champion volleyball player.

Danelia Palma, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award Central Region Recipient

Danelia Palma Chapter 512 – Redwood High School
Adviser Nicole Vieira
Principal Amanda Richard
Visalia Unified School District

Danelia is a four-year member of CSF in her chapter at Redwood High School in Visalia and is currently the secretary. Throughout her time in CSF Danelia has assisted with such activities as toy drives, breast cancer awareness drives, trunk or treat, elementary school carnivals, plus many others.
She also serves as the membership chair of Key Club, is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, and stays active in the ultimate frisbee club.
Speaking of being active, Danelia also excels in water polo, diving and dancing, as well as performing gymnastics for the past thirteen years. Outside of school, Danelia serves as a youth leader and volunteer at her neighborhood church.
Her options for higher education are numerous, having applied to San Diego State, CSU Channel Islands, Fresno State and UCLA. Her goal is to major in business administration, with a career in economics.
Her love of gymnastics has given her the unique ability to walk on her hands for almost a minute and to breakdance.

Antonio Perez, 2022-2023 CSF Seymour Award Central Region Finalist

Antonio Perez Chapter 1227 – Sunnyside High School
Adviser Lydia Gonzalez
Principal Michele Anderson
Fresno Unified School District

As president of his CSF chapter at Sunnyside High School in Fresno, Antonio has been an active member for the past three years. Antonio has been involved in many community service opportunities such as the spirit of giving school supply drives, Deck the Halls decorating, a food pantry drive in affiliation with Fresno State, plus many others.
Outside of CSF, Antonio has immersed himself in such clubs as the Video Production Academy, in which he is the current president, The United Student Body, where he is the vice president, plus a whole host of other clubs and activities, ranging from Link Crew to the Travel Cats Club, and serving as this year’s Lacrosse team manager.
Antonio has applied to many colleges such as UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, and numerous CSU campuses. His ultimate goal is to major in psychology in hopes of one day becoming a clinical psychologist.
In what little down time he has, he proudly states that he is the number 1 fan of Judge Judy.