Congratulations, Class of 2016! The Davidson Academy’s graduating class of 2016, and their post-secondary plans, are:
The Davidson Academy faculty and staff are very proud of these graduates and wish each of them the best in their future endeavors. They have made great contributions to the Academy during their time here and will be missed!
Read the press release.
- Juliana Anderson - Colorado School of Mines
- Taryn Apel - Agnes Scott College
- Amanda Bak - Dartmouth College
- Rebecca Bennett - Gap Year
- Duncan Boren - University of Nevada,
- Haydn Bradstreet - Harvard University
- Nadine Chen - Boston University
- Holly Choma - The University of Texas at
- Joseph Chou - University of Washington
- Noah Conway - University of Nevada, Reno
- Addison Cram - University of Nevada,
- Danielle Damon - University of Chicago
- Harry Fosbinder-Elkins
- Brad Gephart - California Institute of
- Lily Hoog - Fry - Gap Year
- Forrest Karo - Washington State
- Erin Miller - Gap Year
- Connor Novak - Olin College
- Paul Novak - Rice University
- Adelaide Oh - Massachusetts Institute of
- Vandana Ravikumar
University of Southern California
- Giselle Serate
Harvey Mudd College
- Angela Shao - Santa Clara University
- Justin Stevens
Harvey Mudd College
- Val Zvyagin
University of Chicago
Here are additional photos of the graduating class, with
more to come next newsletter:
New Davidson Academy Website!
We are excited to announce the recent launch of
the newly designed Davidson Academy website at
Our goal is to provide visitors with a clear and accurate
look at the Davidson Academy admissions process, academics,
student life, parent resources, press and more.
The redesigned Davidson Institute website at
www.DavidsonGifted.org was also recently launched.
Any links you had bookmarked on these sites should redirect to that specific page or section on the new site.
Take a look around - we hope all visitors enjoy the new look of both sites and find them easy to navigate!
Davidson Academy Program Updates
The Right Fit
for You?While the deadline to submit applications for the 2016-2017 school year has passed, it
is not too early to think about 2017-2018.
At the Davidson Academy, our mission is to offer you advanced educational opportunities designed to specifically serve your needs, interests and goals.
In addition, we provide:
If you are interested in applying to the
Davidson Academy for the 2017-2018 school year, the application will be posted this summer. Please review the
Qualification Criteria and
How to Apply pages of our website for more information. The Academy is specifically designed to meet the needs of profoundly gifted middle and high school students who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ or college entrance tests. On the
Application Review Process page, you will find detailed information about the on-site assessment.
- A Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) that serves as a tool to guide us in meeting your unique needs;
- A wide range of courses and learning options, including: choices of levels of study to pursue in each of your courses, university courses,
and independent study and research opportunities;
- The opportunity to build friendships, pursue extracurricular activities, contribute to the community and learn with intellectual peers;
- Access to the intellectual, cultural, athletic resources on the University
of Nevada, Reno campus, the Reno/Tahoe area and the beauty of the Sierra Mountains.
Davidson Academy Student Selected as Presidential ScholarAcademy student Haydn Bradstreet
(pictured with his father, right) has been selected as a 2016 U.S.
Presidential Scholar! Each year, 161 of the nation’s top high school graduates are chosen to be U.S. Presidential Scholars and are honored by the White House. These
scholars go on to advance the arts, culture, business, education and civic life of the nation.
Each Presidential Scholar nominates a teacher for recognition by this program as well. Congratulations to Brett Guisti on being recognized as a Distinguished Teacher!
America Matters Media
A number of Davidson Academy students recently visited Reno radio station
American Matters Media to discuss their Venture Lab class. The students were lauded for creating innovative business ideas.
Congratulations to the following students:
- Jason Liu and Derek Chien,
members of the Davidson Academy team
in the national MATHCOUNTS competition,
earned 12th place! Additionally, Jason finished
in third place overall and was a semifinalist in the countdown round,
109th place overall.
- Academy student
Jason Liu became a USA Junior Mathematical
Olympiad (USAJMO) winner, earning a top-12 score
in the USAJMO competition. He will attend the
Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) camp
and will be a candidate to represent the United States in
the International Mathematical Olympiad.
- Academy student Dhruv Rohatgi
earned a Gold Medal for the 2016 U.S. Physics Olympiad (USAPhO)!
- Academy students John Artley, Nikesh Mishra, Alexander Alvarado and Robert Jeffrey finished
in 21st place out of 49 teams at the Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.
Davidson Academy students are able to participate in sports
at their local zoned high schools. In the first ever Nevada
Sports Awards, two graduated seniors were recognized for
their athletic accomplishments:
Throughout her time at the Academy, graduate Juliana Anderson
(right) has made the 2015 Nike Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team, was named a 2015 AAU Volleyball Academic All-American,
four-time Nevada All-State Academic Team member, three-time All-Sierra League First Team member, and a
one-time All-Northern Nevada Region First Team member.
- Brad Gephart (pictured, left) - All-North Boys Cross Country
Brad placed second in the 2016 regional championships. He is also in the Nevada state record books for holding the course records in 2014 for Sunset Park, Las Vegas and 2015 Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno.
Connor Novak (center) -
In the News
Academy student Connor Novak will receive a $2,500 college scholarship as a recipient of the prestigious
National Merit Scholarship.
Connor plans to major in engineering at Olin College in
A Davidson Academy team of four students recently took part in the National Academic WorldQuest competition in
Washington, D.C., earning the 21st spot overall out of 49
teams at the conference. Earlier this semester, the team placed first in the regional competition, qualifying them for the national competition.
The Academy team's performance was the best ever of a team
from northern Nevada. (Photo of Alexander Alvarado
Davidson Academy Student and WorldQuest team member, courtesy of Nevada Today.) Source:
Academy student Michelle Liu recently submitted an essay for a homeless awareness
contest, suggesting better services and tiny homes for
locals who are homeless.
“Davidson will never stop challenging you and that's what makes it so amazing. The students here are some of the most passionate and bright people I have ever encountered, and every day I find myself learning something new from them
. . . There are days when I've had my whole outlook on a subject changed by another student. We're a student body that learns, and experiences, and investigates. I can't imagine myself anywhere but here, and I hope to see you come join us.”
Danielle Damon, Davidson Academy Graduate