Naunihal (Nihal) Gill

Naunihal (Nihal) Gill

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The smell of grass, the perfect strike of the ball, and the adrenaline rushing through my
body are everything I love about playing golf. Since I laid my hands on a golf club, I knew I had
found my passion. To achieve excellence in golf, I frequently practice on the range and analyze
professionals and mentors to improve my game.

As my coaches have told me on numerous occasions, I am very coachable, always
looking for ways to elevate my game, congenial, and always ready to play my best. Golf has
been very influential in many aspects of my life, from creating everlasting bonds with my
coaches and teammates to using lessons from the course to enhance my focus in the
classroom, where I am top 7% of my class. It has also taught me to give back to my community
through my nonprofit organization, The Project Spark.

Golf has also taught me that nothing in life is easy. To get better and overcome
challenges, you must stay focused on the goal and practice harder than anyone else. Nothing
in life is given to you; rather, it has to be earned. Taking these valuable lessons from on the
green to off the green in pursuit of my academic and professional goals is something I strive to
do daily.

Athletic Accomplishments
● CCAL Academic All-League (2022)
● Turlock Varsity Championship Achievement Award (2022)
● CCAL Men’s Golf First Team All-League 10th and 11th grade(there was no First Team
All-League freshman year due to COVID ) (2021-2022)

Academic Accomplishments
● AP Scholar Award(2022)
● National Merit Community Service Award for UN global Quality Education (2021-2022)
● First Place in Parliamentary, Public Forum, and Lincoln Douglas Debate (2021-2022)
● Student Superintendent Senate Award(2019)
● Principal’s Honor Roll (2022-2019)

Personal Accomplishments
● National Society of High School Scholars (2022)
● Author of a children’s book, I May Be Small but I Am a Lion at Heart (“is a book about my
own personal experience as a preemie, the babies encouraging words in the book give
comfort to the parents that are feeling an emotional roller coaster when babies are in the NICU) (2021)
● Reporter and Host of Be The Star You Are, Teen Radio (2020)
● City of Ceres Outstanding Community Service Mayor’s Award (2020)
● Founder of a non-profit organization called The Project Spark ( free Robotics and STEM classes for elementary-aged students) (2019)