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Indian-American Students Among 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars

Presidential Scholars Twenty-Six Indian-American Students Among 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars

On May 8 2018, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields. Among these 161 students, 26 student are Indian-Americans and among these twenty six students, 14 of them are girls.

“I want to congratulate this year’s class of Presidential Scholars on their achievement and also thank their parents, teachers and other academic advisors who have helped guide them along the way,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “These students have pushed themselves to be the best they can be, and I am certain that devotion will serve them well as they continue their individual learning journeys.”

Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,200 candidates qualified for the 2018 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations or the National Young Arts Foundation’s nationwide Young Arts™ competition.

The 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

The 2018 ceremony was held June 24, where each honoree received a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

Following is the list of Indian-American/South Asian scholars selected this year:

American Abroad
Mansi Totwani, St. Thomas – Antilles School

Aditya Sivakumar, Phoenix – BASIS PHOENIX

Aditya Sivakumar

Anika Mittal, Blytheville – KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School

Advait Patil, San Jose – Lynbrook High School Colorado
Siddharth M. Mane, Greenwood Village – Cherry Creek High School
Isani Singh, Aurora – Cherry Creek High School

Sidhika Balachandar, Gainesville – Buchholz High School

Sidhika Balachandar,

Neeharika Kothapalli, Overland Park – Blue Valley West High School

Sreya Vangara, Germantown – Poolesville Senior High School

Neha Seshadri, Ann Arbor – Skyline High School
Veena Thamilselvan, Farmington Hills – Harrison High School (Scholar in Career and Technical Education)

New Hampshire
Vinjai S. Vale, Exeter – Phillips Exeter Academy

New Jersey
Deven Singh, Manalapan – Monmouth Academy of Allied Health & Sciences (Scholar in Career and Technical Education)

North Carolina
C – Nithya S. Adusumilli, Cary – Raleigh Charter High School

Nithya S. Adusumilli,

Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte – Providence Day School

North Dakota
Nidhi T. Mahale, Fargo – Davies High School

Shreyah Mohanselvan, New Albany – Columbus Academy (Scholar in the Arts )

Aryaman Khandelwal, Breinigsville – Parkland High School
Pranshu Suri, Bryn Mawr – The Baldwin School

Sonesh Patel, Austin – Vandegrift High School
Syamantak Payra, Friendswood – Clear Brook High School

Kanishka Ragula, Salt Lake City – Skyline High School (Scholar in Career and Technical Education)

Kavya Kopparapu, Herndon – Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
Mihir Patel, Great Falls – Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
Marissa Sumathipala, Ashburn – Broad Run High School

West Virginia
Vinitha Joseph, Morgantown – Morgantown High School

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