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Facilitated Acceptance to Medical Education (FAME) Program

Students-Class of 2021




Farhan Ahmad


Farhan Ahmad is from Lewisville, TX and graduated from Hebron High School with a Distinguished Achievement Diploma at the top of his class. During high school, Farhan developed a love for public health, civil service, and journalism. Well engaged at his school, Farhan was President of HOSA-Future Health Professionals and the National Honor Society, as well as Editor-in-Chief of "The Hawk Eye" student newspaper. At UTSA, he is a member of the Flag Football Team, University Honors Student Association, and currently serves as the FAME Society Class of 2021 Representative. Bearing vibrant experiences, Farhan has a solidified interest in global health and hopes to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon. He aims to make the day brighter and, with a bit of burning optimism, help people across the world conquer affliction. 

Omar Akram


Omar Akram is from Denton, Texas, where he attended Denton High School and graduated as valedictorian of his class. Omar was president of his school’s Math UIL team, vice president of Spanish Honor Society, and treasurer of National Honor Society. He was also a National Merit Finalist and a four-time UIL Academic State finalist. Over the past few years, Omar has spent time volunteering at a senior living center and a long term acute care hospital, where he primarily assisted—and learned significantly from—geriatric patients. Currently, Omar is involved in the UTSA chapter of Baal Dan and the media committee of For the Kids. Aside from school, Omar is fascinated with music journalism, hip-hop culture, and social and racial issues around the globe.


Hayley Cantway




Hayley Cantway is from Boerne, Texas, a small suburb of San Antonio. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boerne Champion High School. In high school, she ran varsity cross country and varsity track. She started and was President of the Boerne Champion branch of Interact, a community service organization. She was also heavily involved in the community, traveling on several local and out of state mission trips, conducting medical needs surveys of refugees in San Antonio, and participating in monthly service projects with her church. Here at UTSA, she is involved in For the Kids, Ambassadors in Training, and the club women’s Ultimate Frisbee team. Hayley is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player and loves to run long distances. She loves to travel, throw on the potter’s wheel, and go hammocking.


Giselle Castillo


Giselle Castillo is from Mission, Texas and graduated salutatorian from Veterans Memorial High School.  While in high school, she was the President of the National Honor Society, and co-founder of the “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” campaign, a campaign started at her high school to target the growing issue of teen dating violence.  She was also actively involved in HOSA: Future Health Professionals and varsity track.  Currently at UTSA she is an Ambassador in Training and a member of For the Kids, an organization that raises money for kids with cancer.  In her free time she enjoys reading, painting, and spending time with family.  Giselle is currently interested in becoming a primary care physician and returning to the Rio Grade Valley to practice medicine. 



Glennette Castillo




Glennette Castillo was born and raised in San Antonio TX and attended Tom C. Clark High School. Throughout high school she was involved served as the Historian of her National Honor Society chapter, was an active Latin Club and Texas State Junior Classical League member, and a Clark Student Ambassador. Presently she volunteers at the Cody branch of the San Antonio Public Library and plans to get involved in more community service activities at UTSA, and become a part of For The Kids, Voices, and HOSA. She is also a UTSA Terry Scholar. During her free time, Glennette loves to read any and all sorts of books. In the future,she aspires to practice family medicine and explore the world bringing health services to rural areas in need.


Steven Diep




Steven Diep was born in Houston, TX and graduated from Clear Horizons Early College High School with an Associate’s Degree in Life Science after obtaining 84 college credit hours. Throughout high school, Steven was involved in many different extracurricular activities. Within the student council, Steven was class president his Junior and Senior year. As vice president of medical club, Steven enjoyed immersing himself within the medical field, participating in internships at a local pediatrician’s practice and also an optometrist’s office. Outside of the medical field, Steven enjoys playing basketball, tennis and swimming recreationally. Steven also had been playing piano since 4th grade and began teaching piano in high school to younger students. Steven enjoys working with children but has not completely decided which field of medicine he wants to study.


Max Feng




Max Feng graduated from Louis D. Brandeis High School in San Antonio, Texas. In high school, he competed in cross-country and track and field, and was captain for both teams. In addition, he did research on biomaterials at the UT Health Science Center. At UTSA, he is an Ambassador in Training and is involved in For the Kids organization. He is an avid runner and still continues to run competitively in his free time. He hopes to one day become a sports medicine physician.


Aaron Frolichstein



Aaron Frolichstein was born at Gorgas Army Community Hospital in Panama City, Panama. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude/in the top 5% of his class at Claudia Taylor Johnson High School.  During high school, Aaron competed in swimming and enjoyed working as a life guard.  He has been involved in various honor societies and participated actively in community service with his school and church youth group.  Most recently, Aaron traveled to Honduras to serve on a medical mission team with Honduras Hope.  He aspires to use his career in medicine to continue to help those in need.  At UTSA, Aaron is a member of For the Kids and is involved in Young Life.  Aside from school, Aaron likes to ski, hunt, fish, and play/watch sports.


Sammar Ghannam



Sammar Ghannam graduated fifth in her class summa cum laude from Health Careers High School in the colorful city of San Antonio. Throughout high school, Sammar was highly involved in History Fair, Visual Arts Scholastic Events, and Health Occupations Students of America, where she placed first in Dental Science in the state of Texas and eighth at the national level. Sammar enjoys oil painting, replicating Renoir paintings, making new friends, trying new foods, learning about other cultures, and exploring nature through hiking. Sammar is a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) certified in Nitrous Oxide Sedation Monitoring, Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and is certified in Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens. At UTSA, Sammar participates in many clubs and organizations such as For the Kids, VOICES, Health Ambassadors, and the Paisano Independent Student Newspaper. After shadowing multiple doctors in various specialties in Cairo, Egypt during the summers, Sammar has chosen to become a dermatologist.


Anisha Guda



Anisha Guda graduated with distinction by being recognized as the valedictorian of Edward S.Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas. While in high school, Anisha achieved many academic honors including becoming both a National Merit Finalist and Scholar, a National AP Scholar, obtaining a near to perfect score on the SAT, and being awarded top prizes in the TMSCA and UIL Math and Science Competitions. Moreover, she was also very actively involved in her school and community by founding several organizations and serving as an award winning Blood Drive Coordinator for the American Red Cross. In addition, she also obtained an extensive amount of research experience at the Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. At UTSA, Anisha is the current Historian for the One Campus Challenge, on the Family Relations Committee for FTK, and part of the Voices organization on campus. She aspires to become a neurosurgeon or cardiothoracic surgeon in the future and ultimately aid the underprivileged groups of people around the world.



Jomari Guerrero



Jomari Guerrero graduated in the top 2% from South Texas High School for Health Professions. The Philippines is where he’s from but Texas is his home. He is determined to obtain an MD MPH degree and work towards having an important voice in the community as well as serving abroad. As an avid participant and believer that involvement in extracurricular activities is essential to a student’s transition to maturity, he presided as the regional president of his HOSA’s area-wide activities and chapter president for his local National Honor Society. He has also nationally competed in HOSA and Debate. At UTSA, Jomari seeks to be heavily involved in Health / UTSA Ambassadors, HOSA, and research. He wants to focus his array of personal pleasures in exploring the vast and intriguing mysteries of the medical field, and overall just being open minded about the world around him. 



Ryan Luna



Ryan Luna was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Northside Health Careers High School. In high school, he was involved in tennis and was the page editor of the yearbook staff. During the summers, Ryan spent time volunteering in the Child Life department at the Methodist Hospital, and at Camp C.A.M.P. where he spent many weeks serving special needs children. In the future, Ryan aspires to travel the world through Doctors Without Borders as either a radiologist or family practitioner.



Shawna Mattathil



Shawna Mattathil is from Lucas, Texas, a small, northern suburb of Dallas, where she graduated Salutatorian from Lovejoy High School. In high school, Shawna co-founded and was the president of goMAD Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity which funds HIV positive orphans in South India. She was also Vice President of the National Honor Society and Vice President, Treasurer, and Prayer Coordinator of her church youth group. Shawna’s interest in healthcare and giving back to the community also led to become a certified nurse assistant during her junior year of high school. She has spent endless hours volunteering at hospitals, shadowing health care professionals, and completing her CNA training at nursing homes. Here at UTSA, Shawna is an event co-chair for Baal Dan, a non-profit organization, a member of Sapna, UTSA’s Bollywood fusion dance team, a health ambassador, and a member of the Indian Cultural Association. Shawna will be the first member of her family to be a physician and aspires to practice either family medicine or pediatrics.



Kavina Patel


Kavina Patel graduated from Westwood High School in Austin, Texas. During her high school years, she was part of Health Science Technology, where she served as the Blood Drive Coordinator, STEM Ambassador, and trained for EMT and Pharmacy Technician certifications. Kavina's experiences include conducting antibiotics research at UT Austin and working as an Operations Intern at The American Red Cross. Academically, Kavina graduated top of her class, with a perfect score on the SAT, as a National AP Scholar, and a Presidential Scholars Candidate. At UTSA, she is treasurer of Baal Dan, an Ambassador in Training, and on Sapna dance team. Kavina aspires to be a pediatric radiologist, and work with an NGO that supports the establishment of health care infrastructure and availability in developing nations. Kavina is an accomplished dancer trained in Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance, and enjoys art, spending time with friends and family, and exploring Austin food trailers.



Joel Pious


Joel Pious graduated from L.V. Hightower High School’s Medical Science Academy in Missouri City, TX. In high school, he was a member of the UIL Math and Science Team, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Honor Society. He competed nationally in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and HOSA: Future Health Professionals, where he also served as the Area 2 President.  Throughout his high school career, Joel amassed hundreds of hours volunteering at the VA Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Ben Taub General Hospital, and at local libraries, food banks, and church. During his free time, Joel enjoys singing, playing the violin, and watching sports. Here at UTSA, he is a member of Health Ambassadors, HOSA, VOICES, and Baal Dan. Joel’s strong desire to serve others is what brought him to the field of medicine, and in the future, he hopes to be able to continue giving back to his community while expanding to provide healthcare in underserved areas internationally.



Dirk Wristers


Dirk Wristers was born in Austin, TX and attended Dresden International School in Dresden, Germany and Lake Travis High School in Austin, TX.  During the 3 years he spent in high school, Dirk served as vice president of HOSA, volunteered in the Lakeway Regional Hospital emergency room, and prepared and delivered meals to the homeless with Mobile Loaves and Fishes.  In his spare time he enjoys martial arts, board sports, and live music.  Dirk is interested in emergency room medicine and anesthesiology.  He hopes to serve those less fortunate in Texas and around the world. At UTSA he is a member of the honors college and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.



Cindy Wu


Cindy Wu was born in Shanghai, China but has lived in Texas for most of her life. She graduated from Health Careers High School in San Antonio, Texas, where she was involved in Health Occupations Students of America, Business Professionals of America, and History Fair. In her free time, Cindy enjoys playing the violin and the piano and was a part of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio and the Coker Opportunity Orchestra. At UTSA, she is involved in For The Kids and the UTSA chapter of Health Occupations Students of America. In the future, Cindy hopes to become an endocrinologist or a psychiatrist.