|High School:||Clovis North|
Coach's Comments: "There might not be anyone as excited to come to Caltech as Jena. We're excited to have someone with her attitude and abilities join us. She's a high-level competitor who has a chance to do great things here."
- 72nd at NCAA West Regionals (25:04.9), second among Caltech runners
Research and STEM activities
Developed a weight loss device focused on portion control in a team of three at the Stanford Institute of Medical Research (SIMR)...Helped gather data on adolescent obesity and the effects of bariatric surgery at the ALSA Medical Group.
Prior to Caltech
Placed eighth in cross country at the 2015 CIF Central Section Championships...Helped Clovis North H.S. place fourth and sixth in consecutive years at the Division I State Championships...Named All-League and All-Valley...JV league champion...Earned the team Beastly Bronco (work ethic) and Newcomer Awards...Valley qualifier in the track & field 3200m as a junior and senior...Named Most Improved as a junior...Won the 2014 Frosh-Soph County championship...An Arcadia qualifier as a senior...Helped her team to second place in the Valley Championship...Also played a year of tennis as a freshman...An AP National Scholar sophomore-senior years...Member of the California Scholarship Federation...Scored perfectly on the SAT I and II...Took 19 AP courses and three at a local community college...Named to the 2015 Fresno Bee Fab 15.
Born in Denver, Colo....Daughter of Dana and Sampath...Has one younger brother, Kiran...Plays piano, earning a Certificate of Merit Level 8 as a senior.