Local preps receive scholastic Junior All-American honors


Palo Alto junior golfers Jayshree Sarathy, Michelle Xie and Anna Zhou have been named HP Scholastic Junior All-Americans, the American Junior Golf Association and Hewlett-Packard announced.

Since 1988, the team has recognized 12 young men and 12 young women who demonstrate the ability to excel both on the golf course and in the classroom.

Sarathy, a senior at Gunn High, scored a 2330 (of a possible 2400) on the SAT and carries a weighted GPA of 4.375. She created a henna charity called Handfuls of Hope in which she donates 100 percent of the proceeds to the Indian nonprofit, Asha for Education.

Sarathy recorded three top-15 AJGA finishes in 2013, including a fourth-place showing at the AJGA Junior at Steelwood presented by AT&T.

Xie, a junior at Palo Alto High, finished top 15 in three of five AJGA starts in 2013. Her season was highlighted by a third-place showing at the AJGA Junior at Ruby Hill.

She carries a 4.0 GPA and scored a 33 on the ACT. In addition to being a member of her high school's math and science clubs, she is a member of the Palo Alto Youth Council and works with The First Tee of Silicon Valley.

Zhou, a Gunn junior, tied the AJGA girls record for most consecutive wins with four victories this season. Currently No. 27 in the Polo Golf Rankings, her first win came at the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities and she capped the season with a victory at the Junior All-Star at Centennial.

Zhou scored a 2160 on the SAT and carries a weighted GPA of 4.177. In addition to her work with The First Tee of Silicon Valley, Zhou serves as secretary of the Junior State of America Club and is a teacher's assistant in her high school's science department.

Sarathy and Zhou will take on Xie on Wednesday when Gunn faces Palo Alto in a showdown of the top two teams in the SCVAL at Palo Alto Muni at 3:30 p.m.

To be eligible to apply for the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team, boys must have placed in the top 10 of an AJGA Open or Invitational, while girls needed a top-five finish. The selections were then based on grade point average, class rank, SAT/ACT/PLAN/PSAT scores, community service and writing ability. Candidates were required to submit an essay no longer than 500 words on an original topic relating to golf.

"HP has sponsored the AJGA for 18 years and is once again proud to recognize outstanding academic, athletic, and community service achievements with the naming of the 2012 HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team," said John Dayan, Vice President, Hewlett-Packard. "The AJGA, working closely with parents and players, strives to prepare these young adults for life in college and beyond, by instilling honor, integrity, perseverance, and sportsmanship."

The HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 24, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. By being named to this team, each player is also eligible to participate in the Polo Golf Junior Classic, one of the most prestigious events in junior golf, which will take place on PGA National Resort & Spa's Champion and Fazio Courses, Nov. 23-29.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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