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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Notable Alumni and Current Students

Bryan Duoto (HBA Class of 2012)

Bryan Duoto (HBA Class of 2012)

Biotech Engineer, Stanford Researcher

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. He has published his research findings at Stanford in several respected medical journals.

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)

Data Analyst at Google

Vron Vance earned a degree in Computer Science at UC Berkeley and is currently a Data Analyst at Google.

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 and won his first ATP Challenger title in 2020 elevating him to #133 in the world. 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.

Sayaka Kuwayama  (HBA Class of 2014)

Sayaka Kuwayama (HBA Class of 2014)

Data Analyst at Department of Neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine

Sayaka earned her B.A. in International Studies: Economics at UCSD and her MS in Business Analytics at Rady School of Management at UCSD   Sayaka was an international student from Japan at HBA.  

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 is currently attending The Ohio State University. 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.

Aimal Wajihuddin

Aimal Wajihuddin

System Administrator NYC

Aimal graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science. He is currently working in New York City at the D.E. Shaw Group as a System Administrator.

Jessica Van (HBA 2018)

Jessica Van (HBA 2018)

U.C. Berkeley Student Government

Jessica Van earned straight A’s her first semester at U.C. Berkeley. She was President of the Associated Student Government at Miramar College and a Student Trustee on the board of the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees. She is currently active in student government at U.C.B. and One Fair Wage, an organization dedicated to tipped workers gaining minimum wage.

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