PRLog (Press Release)
- Mar. 12, 2013 - WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- Westlake Village, California—
Oaks Christian School senior Trevor Hanken has been chosen as a National Merit Scholar Finalist—an honor reserved for only the top one percent of U.S. high school graduating seniors. A community-minded scholar, Trevor serves in science and history, speech and debate, and in student government, lacrosse and charitable organizations. In the fall of 2013, he will be attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering to continue his love of learning.
“I've always been energized by digging deeper and learning more on a wide variety of topics, from history to politics, and science to engineering,”
said Trevor. “I've enjoyed debate because it really encourages me to stay up to date on current events and issues.” This has naturally brought him academic distinction, including a California Math League’s Certificate of Merit for superior math achievement (2011-12) and both regional and state awards for speech and debate. His innate curiosity has also put Trevor in the center of exciting learning opportunities. “One history-related opportunity I enjoyed was being part of a student media team at the Ronald Reagan Library,” explained Trevor. “Mr. Gary Pate, my history teacher, put my name forward as a student who had a love of history. As part of a CIA-hosted symposium celebrating the 100th anniversary of President Reagan’s birth, our team interviewed prominent U.S. and Russian participants in the Cold War intelligence era.” Trevor has also explored nanotech engineering at Northwestern University as part of a special summer 2011 program. “That experience helped me to realize that I have a talent and a passion for adapting resources,” added Trevor.
His high school biography, however, does not stop there. In 2011, he partnered up with classmate Jack DiCanio to create the OCS Access Books Club and Community Service Outreach Program that collected and donated more than 14,000 books to inner-city schools in the Los Angeles area. His own love for books and his desire to see less fortunate children have access to learning and literature continues to fuel his desire to serve. “Last year, there were days when I actually filled my Jeep with books,” said Trevor, his garage overflowing with donations. This spring, the club will deliver another 1,000 plus books to Anderson Elementary School in Lawndale
In other areas of service, Trevor has been on the Honor Board, served as an Admissions Ambassador and Pack Leader, and tutored and mentored middle school and high school students in the subjects of history, math,science, English, and Spanish. In sports, Trevor has played on the OC Varsity Lacrosse Team and on club lacrosse teams, including Silverfin Select Lacrosse and Starz Lacrosse. He has also served as a volunteer lacrosse coach for the Conejo Valley/Simi Valley Youth Lacrosse teams.
His teachers, family and friends know that this is just the beginning for Trevor as he looks forward to Vanderbilt University and future opportunities to share his love of learning with others.