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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Notable Alumni and Current Students

Bryan Duoto (HBA Class of 2012)

Bryan Duoto (HBA Class of 2012)

Stem Cell Researcher at Stanford University

Bryan received his M.S in Cellular and Molecular Biology at SJSU and worked at Stanford University conducting stem cell research. He is now working in Seattle at a private Biotech company in their research and development department making biologics to cure blood cancers.

Konstantin Avdienko (HBA Class of 2014)

Konstantin Avdienko (HBA Class of 2014)

UC San Diego - Computer Engineering (Expected graduation 2018)

Konstantin graduated from UCSD with a degree in software engineering. He is now working as a Software Engineer for Qualcomm. His family emigrated to San Diego from Moscow when he was a junior in high school. He was HBA’s first international student.

Vron Vance (HBA Class of 2014)

Vron Vance (HBA Class of 2014)

UC Berkeley--Computer Science

Vron Vance is attending UC Berkeley and is majoring in computer science.

Brandon Nakashima (HBA Class of 2019)

Brandon Nakashima (HBA Class of 2019)

International Tennis Player

Brandon Nakashima was the #1 tennis high school recruit in the United States.  Brandon graduated a semester early to play for University of Virginia his senior year (after turning down offers from Stanford and UCLA). After one semester of college, Brandon turned pro and is now competing in the men’s open events of the USTA. He came in second place in the Hawaii Open in 2019. Brandon had a flexible schedule at HBA which allowed him to compete internationally while maintaining a 4.3 GPA. 

Henry Reif (HBA Class of 2020)

Henry Reif (HBA Class of 2020)

World Champion Rider

Henry Reif placed in the top three of the 2017 Reserve World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. The two events were the five-gaited pleasure horse and the Roadster Pony event. He is pictured here with his horse Brady.

Esme Bellare (HBA Class of 2020)

Esme Bellare (HBA Class of 2020)

Acrobatic Gymnast

Esme Bellare placed fourth in the 2018 Vegas Acro Cup. Acrobatic gymnastics is a competitive gymnastic discipline where partnerships of gymnasts work together and perform figures consisting of acrobatic moves, dance, and tumbling, which are set to music. Esme has been practicing gymnastics since she was three years old.  

Andrew Heiati (HBA Class of 2019)

Andrew Heiati (HBA Class of 2019)

Andrew Heiati won an individual sparring title at the Pan Am Taekwondo Championship in Peru. In addition to his individual title, Andrew also was an ATA PanAm Champion in Junior TEAM Sparring. Andrew is now attending the Webb Honors College at SDSU and majoring in Mechanical Engineering. 

Krando Nishiba

Krando Nishiba

Krando is a competitive golfer who recently accomplished his dream of being recruited by USC. 

Tomohiro Kawada

Tomohiro Kawada

Tomohiro Kawada is a competitive gymnast specializing in rings. He has committed to attending Ohio State in the Fall. Throughout high school, Tomo attended a gymnastics program in Irvine after school each day, returning home close to midnight. HBA created a schedule to accommodate his training and competition schedule.

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