Valedictorians And Salutatorians

Valedictorians and Salutatorians


Valedictorians and Salutatorians 2018

Nasrat Alam – Valedictorian
Nasrat AlamSchool Name: Piper High School
City/State: Sunrise, FL
GPA: 5.17.
Hometown: Sunrise.
Accomplishments: Questbridge National College Match Finalist; Questbridge Prep Scholar; National Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta, president, treasurer, computer specialist; Rocketry Club, president; eSports; Coding and Animation; Gaming and Animation.
Planned College: University of Virginia.
Planned Major: Computer science.
Ashi Awasthi – Valedictorian
Ashi AwasthiSchool Name: Roswell High School
City/State: Atlanta, GA
Ashi Awasthi is the daughter of Govind Awasthi and Meeti Pathri of Roswell. She will attend Georgia Tech in the fall and pursue mathematics or engineering. Ashi graduated with a numeric average of 103, while taking a course load that included 10 Advanced Placement courses and two years of distance math through Georgia Tech. Ashi founded the Math Team, served as an officer for Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Pencils for Promise and Mu Alpha Theta. She participated
in the Governor’s Honor Program and conducted research last summer with a professor at Duke University. Ashi has taken taekwondo for 10 years and plays the viola. Her favorite high school memory was playing viola at the Midwest Clinic, a worldwide conference for symphonies and orchestras during her sophomore year.
Seema Gupta – Valedictorian
Seema Gupta School Name: Alpharetta High School
City/State: Alpharetta, GA
Seema Gupta will be attending Princeton University in the fall where she plans to study chemical and biological engineering, with a minor in Spanish. The daughter of Sandeep and Amita Gupta, she is the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Book Award, is a National AP Scholar and a National Merit Commended Scholar. At Alpharetta High, Seema was active in the Raider Ambassadors, Habitat for Humanity and the Student Council, where she served as parliamentarian of the Georgia Association of Student Councils. She won both a silver and bronze award for her scores on the National Spanish Exam, and received a Distinguished performance at the Fulton Forum for World Languages.
Farrah Hasan – Valedictorian
Farrah Hasan School Name: Hollywood Hills High School
City/State: Hollywood, FL
GPA: 5.37
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale.
Accomplishments: National Honor Society, co-president; Medical Society, president; Student Government Association, chairwoman of multiple committees;
QuestBridge College Preparatory Scholar; QuestBridge College Match Finalist; AP Scholar; AP Scholar with Distinction; Smith College Book Award; Broward County Student Leader; College Board National Merit Commended Scholar.
Planned College: Vanderbilt University
Planned Major: Chemistry; medical school.
Nithya Kasarla – Salutatorian
Nithya Kasarla School Name: American Heritage School
City/State: Plantation, FL
GPA: 6.01.
Hometown: Plantation.
Accomplishments: International Science Fair, two-time finalist; Model United Nations, six-time best delegate; Silver Knight, science nominee; Florida State Science Fair, first place.
Planned College: Dartmouth College.
Planned Major: Economics.
Nadia Miah – Salutatorian
Nadia MiahSchool Name: Boyd Anderson High School
City/State: Lauderdale Lakes, FL
GPA: 5.33.
Hometown: Lauderdale Lakes.
Accomplishments: Youth in Government, vice president; National Honor Society, co-treasurer; International Baccalaureate class leader.
Planned College: Nova Southeastern University.
Planned Major: Biology.
Vikasni Mohan – Valedictorian
Vikasni MohanSchool Name: Pompano Beach High School
City/State: Pompano Beach, FL
GPA: 5.4737.
Hometown: Coconut Creek.
Accomplishments: Mu Alpha Theta, president; National Honors Society, vice president; Business Professionals of America, vice president; Science National Honors Society, vice president; Varsity Tennis, captain; National Merit Finalist; National AP Scholar; BPA Florida States, first place Global Marketing Team; Exchange
Club Outstanding Student of the Year; Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award; Young Scholar Academy Volunteer, robotics teacher; Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance). Planned College: University of Florida.
Planned Major: Biology and pre-med.
Abhisri Ramesh – Salutatorian
Abhisri Ramesh School Name: St. Bonaventure
University and George Washington School of Medicine Abhisri Ramesh will attend St. Bonaventure University and George Washington School of Medicine as part of an 8-year combined B.S. /M.D. program. She is the daughter of Raman and Kalyani Ramesh. At Milton, Abhisri was involved in the Science National Honor Society, FBLA, HOSA and the Science Olympiad. Her list of honors and achievements include Best in Category at the 2017 state Science and Engineering Fair, a Presidential Service gold award in Healthcare, and a 2017 National FBLA finalist in Electronic Career Portfolio. Abhisri is a National Merit semi-finalist, a Wellesley Book Award recipient and is a research intern at Emory. Outside of school, she earned a black belt in karate and is the co-owner of a tutoring company.
Amirah Rashed – Valedictorian
Amirah Rashed School Name: J.P. Taravella High School
City/State: Coral Springs, FL
GPA: 5.55.
Hometown: Coral Springs.
Accomplishments: Coral Springs Teen Advisory Board, secretary; Mu Alpha Theta,vice president; Calculus Team, captain; National Honor Society, vice president; Muslim Student Association, program coordinator; Science National Honor Society; Broward County Outstanding Senior Leader; Silver Knight Nominee-General Scholarship; National Merit Commended Scholar; National AP Scholar; AP Scholar with Distinction; Harvard Book Award; Sunshine State STEM Scholar nominee; Academic Honor Roll. Planned College: University of Miami.
Planned Major: Biochemistry.
Ahsan Rohan – Valedictorian
Ahsan RohanSchool Name: Stranahan High School
City/State: Ft. Lauderdale
GPA: 5.3219.
Hometown: Hollywood.
Accomplishments: Mu Alpha Theta, president and vice president; National Honor Society, president; Class of 2018 representative; Student Government Association, associate; National Merit Commended Scholar; Rensselaer Medal; USAA National Yearbook Scholar; Key Club, president; AutoCAD 3D Modeling certification; Miscrosoft Office Proficiency Certification; Lean/Six Sigma Yellow Belt; Cypress Bay math competition, twotime participant; Joe DiMaggio Socks for Children, participant; People to People Ambassador Program; Tutor.
Planned College: University of Florida.
Planned Major: Computer science.
Aditya Sundar – Valedictorian
Aditya SundarSchool Name: South Plantation High School
City/State: Plantation, FL
GPA: 5.12.
Hometown: Plantation.
Accomplishments: Environmental Magnet Program graduate; AP Scholar Award; Calculus BC Award; Mu Alpha Theta, president.
Planned College: University of Florida.
Planned Major: Statistics.
Navid Aslani – Valedictorian
Navid Aslani School: Vanguard
GPA: 5.0
College: University of Florida
Parents: Sarita Aslani and Nader Aslani
Academic Awards: SL IB Physics Award Pre-IB U.S. Government and Economics Award
Extracurricular: Concert Band Marching Band Jazz Band State and District Solo and Ensemble National Honor Society
What job/position do you plan to pursue and why? Nuclear Engineer; the concept of being able to create and harness energy that has capacities beyond the current understanding of physics is intriguing to me.
What is your favorite quote? “The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.” – Epicurus
Which issue (global or local) is close to your heart, and why? Gun control is a serious issue due to the numerous school shootings, one of which was in my hometown in April. This is something that can lead to many families being devastated from its effects
What is your little-known talent ? Swimming
Meghana Bomma – Valedictorian
Meghana BommaSchool: Cypress Creek High School
GPA: 4.46 (weighted)
College: University of Florida
Parents: Radhika Bomma and Chandra Bomma
Academic Awards: • Bears of Merit • AP Scholar with Distinction • 9th in Anatomy and Physiology at State Level Science Olympiad
Extracurricular: • President of IBSO (IB SGA) • Lacrosse Team Captain • Indian Student Association • Science Olympiad • Dance
What job/position do you plan to pursue and why? I plan to go into the medical field in the future because I want to help people, like my dad has been ever since I was born. Although I’m not sure what exactly I want to do in the medical field, I do know that I want to use my skills to help those around me.
What is your favorite quote? “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai
Which issue (global or local) is close to your heart, and why? Women’s rights, because I want every girl out there to be afforded the same liberties and rights that have been given to me.
Shreya Patel – Valedictorian
Shreya PatelSchool: Seminole Ridge Community High School
GPA: 5.34
College: Temple University
Parents: Tejal and Nibodh Patel
Academic Awards: Walgreen Co. National Merit Scholarship AP Scholar Award with Distinction Cambridge Scholar Award with Merit Pathfinder Award for Mathematics (3rd Place) Temple University President’s Scholarship
Extracurricular: Mu Alpha Theta President National Honor Society Spanish Honor Society
What job/position do you plan to pursue and why? I would like to become an actuary because it allows me to use my skills in math and make an impact on the world.
What is your favorite quote? Do the best, leave the rest. -Mahant Swami Maharaj
Which issue (global or local) is close to your heart, and why? An issue that is close to my heart is equality for women. Being a girl, I have experienced my fair share of skepticism when I say I want to be an actuary. This, along with other incidents in my life, makes equality for women an issue that I care about.
What is your little-known talent ? Writing, this surprises people because they know me as a math person.
Jeslin Kera – Valedictorian
Jeslin Kera School: University of Central Florida
GPA: 4.0
College: UCF College of Medicine
Parents: Manjeet Kaur and Davinder Singh
Academic Awards: • Order of Pegasus 2018 Recipient: the most prestigious and highest Student Honor. • Outstanding Student Leader during Women’s History Month 2018. • Distinguished Undergrad Research Award 2017. • Who’s who among students Distinguished Award 2017. • Honors in the Major Award Scholarship 2017. • SURF Track 3- Publishing Fellow 2017. • UCF College of Medicine Founder’s Scholarship 2016. • Women Achievement Award 2015 by Women’s Executive Council. • Research and Mentoring Program Scholar. • UCF Mark Dogoli Scholarship. • UCF Tutor Scholarship. • President’s Honor Rolls and Dean List. • Dr. Phillips High School Valedictorian. Extracurricular: • Founder and President of Knights Overseas, Registered Student Organization (not for profit). • TEAS Instructor at UCF Continuing Education. • Biophysics researcher with published work (thesis, abstract, and presentations). • Florida Hospital Surgical Intern and Mentor. • Supplemental Instructions (SI) Leader, Peer Tutor, and Teaching Assistant for more than 10 different classes. • SARC Tutor Mentor. • Pre-med American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Academics Director. • Volunteer at Medical Clinics and Nursing Homes. • Biomedical Sciences Peer Mentor. • Student Accessibility Services In-class notetaker.
What job/position do you plan to pursue and why? I seek to serve and maintain the dignity of the human life through my leadership, community service, and medical knowledge. I hope to continue to globally expand my project of serving the underprivileged through the organization that I founded. Finally, I aspire to become a Surgeon and a Medical Educator in my community and inculcate enthusiasm for medicine in our youth. I have been accepted to medical schools and will be starting my journey this August.
What is your favorite quote? “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” By Normal Cousins. I believe the worst thing that can happen to us is the murder of our motivation to keep fighting.
Which issue (global or local) is close to your heart, and why? Equal Health Care and Education rights to all.
What is your little-known talent ? Calligraphy and Dance.
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Winter Park High School
Winter Park, FL
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Loganville, GA
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Edgewater High School
Orlando, FL
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Duluth, GA
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Lawrenceville, GA
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Loganville, GA
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West Orange High School
Winter Garden, FL
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Acceleration Academy West
Orlando, FL
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Lilburn, GA
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Timber Creek High School
Orlando, FL
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Lake Highland Preparatory School
Orlando, FL
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Lake Highland Preparatory School
Orlando, FL
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Orlando Science Schools
Orlando, FL
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Powder Springs, GA
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Lake Highland Preparatory School
Orlando, FL
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Boone High School
Orlando, FL
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Lake Highland Preparatory School
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