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Two U.S. Presidential Scholars

By Suzanne Sen Email By Suzanne Sen
June 2019
Two U.S. Presidential Scholars


(Left) Vani Senthil, Duluth High School valedictorian and US Presidential Scholar.

Vani Senthil and Keerti Soundappan have earned one of the top academic honors in the USA: recognition as a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Of 3.6 million high school seniors, only 161 will receive the honor in June in Washington, D.C.

Vani Senthil, Duluth High School valedictorian (ranking first in her class), will attend Augusta University where she plans to study Cellular and Molecular Biology for a career in oncology. She was also named a 2019 Georgia Scholar, and has received a Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship from UPS. She also won a 2019 GCPS Foundation STEM Scholarship and a 2019 Georgia United Credit Union Young Leaders Scholarship.


Keerti Jessica Soundappan (right) of Kathleen, GA hails from Houston County High School in Warner Robbins, GA. In her school video (below), she advises students to build relationships in order to get the full experience of their education. She is looking forward to studies that will lead to a career as a surgical oncologist.

Indian-American students accounted for more than 10 per cent of the 55th class of the 2019 US Presidential Scholars, and 2 out of 3 of from the state of Georgia this year. In 2018, 26 were South Asian Americans. High school seniors across the country are chosen on the basis of academic excellence, essays, community service, and technical achievements.

[The article above contains additional material not in the print and digital issues.]

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"Keerti Soundappan, Houston County High School, Class of 2019"

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