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Keynote SpeakerKen JenningsKen Jennings was bornin 1974 just outsideSeattle, Washington,but grew up overseas.His family spent 15years in Korea and Singapore, wherehis father worked as an attorney. Hisonly lifeline to American pop cultureduring those years was TV on theArmed Forces Network, where hewatched Jeopardy! religiously afterschool every afternoon.He moved back to the states toattend the University of Washingtonfor a year, and after putting schoolon hold for a two-year Mormonmission to Madrid, Spain, transferredto Brigham Young University in1996. At BYU, he double-majoredin English and computer scienceand graduated in 2000 alongside histhen-fiance Mindy Boam, whom hemarried that fall.While at BYU, Ken captained theuniversitys academic competition team, which consistently finished in thetop 10 at national quiz bowl tournaments. Since graduating, he has workedwriting and editing questions for National Academic Quiz Tournaments, acompany that organizes quiz competitions attended by hundreds of collegesand thousands of high schools nationwide. Ken also began to notice a paradeof his friends and acquaintances from the world of quiz bowl appearing ongame shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, where many were able topay off their student loans and buy flashy sports cars. With this in mind, Kenbegan to revive his childhood dream of appearing onJeopardy!He was working as a software engineer for a Salt Lake City healthcarestaffing company in 2004 when he got the phone call telling him that hiscontestant audition hadbeen successful and hewould appear on a Junegame of Jeopardy!Much to his surprise,KensJeopardy!appearanceextended beyond a singlegame in June: he took advantageof a recent rule change allowingJeopardy! champs to appear onthe show indefinitely, and spentthe next six months hoggingAmericas TV screens. Before losingon the Nov. 30 show because hedidnt know enough trivia aboutH&R Block, Ken won 74 gamesand $2.52 million, both Americangame show records.The streak made Ken Jenningsa 2004 TV folk hero, and heappeared as a guest on shows fromThe Tonight Show with Jay Lenoand The Late Show with DavidLetterman to Live with Regisand Kelly and Sesame Street.Barbara Walters named himone ofthe 10 most fascinating people ofthe year. Slate magazine dubbedhim the Michael Jordan of trivia,the Seabiscuit of geekdom.ESPN: Themagazine called him smarmy (and) punchable, with the personality of ahall monitor,thus continuing Americas long national struggle between jocksand nerds.Following his Jeopardy! streak, Kens product endorsements haveincluded FedEx, Microsoft Encarta, Allstate, Cingular, and even his onetimenemesis H&R Block. He speaks about the importance of learning at collegecampuses and corporate events, and has co-invented two trivia games: CanYou Beat Ken? board game from University Games, and Quizzology, a CDtrivia game from Major Games. Ken is the author of Ken Jenningss TriviaAlmanac and the national best-seller Brainiac,about his bizarre Jeopardy! adventures andabout the phenomenon of trivia in Americanculture. His latest book is Maphead, about hislifelong love for geography geekery of all kinds.Ken currently lives outside Seattle, with hiswife Mindy, his son Dylan and daughter Caitlin,and a deeply unstable Labrador retriever namedBanjo.Star Scholar Awards Wednesday, April 25, 2012 2Julius Gius ScholarshipWinner - 2012Serry ParkOjai Valley SchoolGPA: 4.12School ActivitiesASB (president/representative/communityservice representative), Dorm Prefect, MusicalChorus, Journalism, Photography, Varsity Soccer(co-captain), Track, Junior Varsity Volleyball(co-captain/setter)Community ActivitiesTutor (4 years), Best Day Foundation (leader),Invisible Children Schools 4 Schools (leader),Relay for Life (leader, 3 years), Ojai ValleyNursery, rebuilt orphanage in Mexico (2009)College/MajorWaiting to hear from more colleges/ Molecularand Cellular Biology, PsychologyParentsAnna and Arnold Parkcourtesy of Getty Images News / Getty Imagescourtesy APThe following pages feature the top87 graduates inVentura County.These Star Scholars can attributetheir success to their families,friends, mentors, counselors,principals, teachers, administratorsand hard work.Zheng WangAdolfo Camarillo High SchoolGPA: 4.66School ActivitiesAcademic Decathlon (team captain, 4 years), Junior States of America (founder/president and promoted involvement in democracy, 10, 11, 12), National Honor Society(founding member/bylaws & public relations chair)Community ActivitiesInteract Club (president), AlmaVia, Camarillo Food Drive, 30 Hour FamineCollege/MajorPrinceton, Columbia, UC Berkeley, Brown, Duke / Biochemistry, Biology, Mathematicsand Applied ScienceParentsDongming Wang and Jibing ZhangNeda AshtariAgoura High SchoolGPA: 4.3School ActivitiesAmerican Cancer Society Club (president/founder), Agoura High School Relay for Life(founder/chair)Community ActivitiesYouth and Government, Sheldons Art Academy (5 years), Farsi Class (3 years),CVU Club Soccer, American Cancer Society Summit Leadership (conference coordinator)College/MajorUCLA / Political ScienceParentsMichael AshtariAvni J. DesaiAgoura High SchoolGPA: 4.31School ActivitiesASB (president), Tennis (captain), Math Honor Society, National Honor SocietyCommunity ActivitiesGirl Scout Gold AwardCollege/MajorUSC, UC San Diego / Accounting, Management ScienceParentsJaydeep and Shobhna DesaiCheryl N. GaulAgoura High SchoolGPA: 4.83School ActivitiesMath Honor Society (president/vice president/secretary), Tutor, English Honor Society,Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(music director),School Musical Productions (pianist)Community ActivitiesAgoura Hills Public Library (800+ hours volunteer), Los Angeles County Public LibrarySystem (Youth Volunteer of the Year nominee), Reyes Adobe Days (booth coordinator),Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra (oboist, pianist)College/MajorMassachusetts Institute of Technology / EngineeringParentsThomas and Jean GaulJoshua S. Snyder - KelseyApollo High SchoolGPA: 3.6School ActivitiesAcademics and Teachers AssistantCommunity ActivitiesNoneCollege/MajorMoorpark College / Computer ScienceParentsCarolyn and David KelseyStar Scholar AwardsWednesday, April 25, 2012 3Jonathan N. OngAdolfo Camarillo High SchoolGPA: 4.7School ActivitiesNational Honor Society, Math Competition Team, Model United Nations,Academic Decathlon Team, KiwanisCommunity ActivitiesFirst Lego League Team (mentor), Camarillo Library (volunteer, tutoring during theschool year and running and managing a reading program during the summer)College/MajorStill to hear from UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UC San Diego, USC, Stanford / ElectricalEngineering, Computer EngineeringParentsIrene Lam and James OngJustin N. OngAdolfo Camarillo High SchoolGPA: 4.7School ActivitiesAcademic Decathlon (award winner), Math Competition Team (award-winner),Medical Academy, Pre-Engineering ProgramCommunity ActivitiesNational Honor Society (at-risk student tutor, fundraised for our local troops overseas),Library (tutor, summer volunteer)College/MajorUCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UC San Diego / Biological, Biomedical EngineeringParentsIrene Lam and James OngBrett J. AndersonBuena High SchoolGPA: 4.7School ActivitiesInteract Club, Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, Knowledge Bowl,Students for the American Way, Religion and Philosophy Club,German Exchange Student, Science Department (lab technician)Community ActivitiesBoy Scouts of America, Order of the Arrow, Salvation ArmyCollege/MajorUC Davis, Rice University / Chemical EngineeringParentsMarie and Brett AndersonKatherine G. NofzigerBuena High SchoolGPA: 4.45School ActivitiesBuena Renaissance Committee (chair), Religion & Philosophy Club, Mock Trial,Academic Decathalon, Knowledge Bowl, Soccer, Track & Field, CSFCommunity ActivitiesAYSO (volunteer/coach/referee), Ventura Missionary Church (Sunday School teacher),Relay For Life (volunteer), Santa to the Sea (volunteer), Cheers For Children (volunteer)College/MajorBoston College, Pepperdine, Tufts University / History, Political Science, UndecidedParentsPaula and Steven NofzigerAshley G. SelveyBuena High SchoolGPA: 4.6School ActivitiesASB (president), Habakkuk Bible Club, CSF, Volleyball (9, 10, 11), Environmental ClubCommunity ActivitiesVentura Missionary Church Youthgroup, Anacapa Island Restoration,Operation Christmas Child, Malaria Nets, American Troops Care PackagesCollege/MajorWestern Washington University / Environmental Studies, JournalismParentsChristopher and Linda SelveyMitch B. KremsCentury AcademyGPA: 4.35School ActivitiesTennis (two-time Ventura County Star all-county first team, #1 Westlake High Schoolsingles player, and Marmonte League individual doubles champion), Basketball(3 years), Century Academy Associated Student Government (vice president)Community ActivitiesFounder and lead instructor of free VIP Tennis Clinic designed for special needsteens in the Conejo ValleyCollege/MajorBrandeis, UC Davis, UC Berkeley / Pre-law, BusinessParentsMichael and Dikla KremsSalvador I. BritoChannel Islands High SchoolGPA: 4.71School ActivitiesCSF, Key Club International, Academic Decathlon, MESA,Economics & Entrepreneurship Club, ASBCommunity ActivitiesSaint Anthonys Religious Education (volunteer), Rose Bowl Float Decoration,Boys & Girls Club (volunteer), Big Brothers Big Sisters (mentor),Christmas Caroling, Canned Food Drive, Beach CleanupsCollege/MajorUC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB, UC Irvine, California Lutheran University / Molecular andCellular Biology: Neurobiology, Biological Sciences, Psychology and Social BehaviorParentsLaura and Pedro BritoJessica Marie F. MadlangsakayChannel Islands High SchoolGPA: 4.67School ActivitiesKiwanis Educated Youth Club, CSF, ASB, Varsity Tennis, MESA,Students Against Animal Cruelty, Academic D