Mithra Karamchedu
Mithra Karamchedu
Twenty-six Oregon graduates in the class of 2022 won the highest tier of scholarship awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Four of them attended either Jesuit High School or St. Mary’s Academy.

At Jesuit, Mithra Karamchedu not only won one of the elite $2,500 National Merit scholarships for students who show exceptional promise, he also was named one of the top 300 math and science scholars in the United States. That acknowledgement came for his work using fractals to analyze glacial melt.

Karamchedu has loved computer programming since second grade, and he combined that with his growing concern for the planet and climate change.

Portland State University glacier expert Andrew Fountain told The Oregonian that Karamchedu’s work was significant because he had discovered a new way of identifying melting glaciers and the rate of melt.

Karamchedu will attend Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. Harvey Mudd maintains the highest rate of science and engineering doctorate production among all undergraduate colleges in the United States.

At Jesuit, Karamchedu founded and led the school’s Computer Science Club and was the software lead on the robotics team. He plans to major in computer science and mathematics.

Arushi Mantri is also a math whiz. She has won the prominent math competition Math Kangaroo USA several times, earned a gold prize in the USA Mathematical Talent Search and qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam and the Math Prize for Girls.

She was named one of the top five young women in math in the Pacific Northwest. Mantri received Jesuit’s senior math award and was a valedictorian.

Mantri has run a month-long summer math research outreach program for girls for the past two years.

She plans to major in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The third Jesuit National Merit Scholar winner is Sophia Pi, who plans to major in applied mathematics. She will attend Columbia Engineering this fall. Pi was active in Jesuit’s Science Bowl and Science Olympiad teams.

She was a leader in the Portland Junior Scientists club, and taught science lessons to elementary school students. She took part in the Stanford University Mathematics Camp and the OHSU program for scientific inquiry, as well as programs with Vanderbilt University and Northwestern University.

Pi was a member of Jesuit’s Ethics Bowl team and served as editor-in-chief for The Pulse, Jesuit’s student newspaper.

At St. Mary’s Academy, Noopur Barve served in SMA’s student government her senior year and was the valedictorian of her class.

She served on the youth outreach board of Rose Haven Day Shelter and Community Center, a service for homeless and abused women.

Barve advocated for homeless women and children through the center. She took part in SMA’s Science Olympiad team, sang in the elite Marian Singers choir, volunteered with the Oregon Humane Society and played a leadership role in her school’s health care occupations club.

Barve will attend the Loyola Marymount University Honors Program.