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Herricks Valedictorian and Salutatorian Make Role Model Seniors

Herricks Valedictorian and Salutatorian Make Role Model Seniors

 

The Herricks Public Schools are delighted to congratulate seniors Eish Maheshwari and Sahith Vadada for earning the extraordinary titles of valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. The two Class of 2019 leaders have excelled in and outside of the classrooms and have bright looking futures ahead of them.

While Eish and Sahith each have a variety of interests and talents that make them unique, they also have a great deal in common. Both are National Honor Society members, National Merit Semifinalists, National AP Scholars and Presidents Volunteer Gold Award recipients. They are also accomplished science research students with numerous awards to their names and share a keen enthusiasm for the field of medicine. They volunteer at hospitals – Winthrop for Eish and Northwell for Sahith – assisting patients and physicians. Together, they co-founded the Quiz Bowl Club, for which they serve as co-presidents.

Eish co-authored an internationally published piece on Sarcoma, volunteered in laboratory at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, attends the Columbia University Honors Science Program every Saturday and is a first-place award winner in Science Olympiads. Last year, he was named a 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Grand Award fourth-place winner in Translational Medicine and received a special award from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia along with a scholarship. He expressed that the ISEF trip to Pittsburgh was among his most memorable high school experiences.

“I got to meet thousands of students with similar interests, we were able to collaborate and share different ideas,” he said.

A Math Leagues team member, Eish qualified for Nassau County All-Stars Leagues, attained an honorable mention in Purple Con, qualified for the AIME Exam and attended the ARML Nationals. He tutors younger students in math independently. He is captain of the robotics team, which qualified for the CREATE US Open last year and won numerous regional awards. He has additionally participated in National History Day and placed third in the interactive web category last year.

Outside of the classroom, Eish is a Tae Kwon Do black belt and teaches at White Tiger. He has also played junior varsity tennis.

Sahith and his two research partners earned Siemens Science Competition Regional finalist distinction last year and he later represented the team at the Junior Science and Humanities competition. He won Best Poster Presentation Award at the International Materials Research Society Conference, which pitted him against graduate students, and he also had work published in a science journal. For three summers, Sahith traveled to India and volunteered at rural health centers, helping doctors and nurses.

In addition to his dedication to academics, Sahith plays the viola and has performed in the Long Island String Festival Association concerts and earned All-County status. A Tri-M member since the ninth-grade, he is part of the Chamber Orchestra, which won first-place at the American String Teachers Association’s National Orchestra Festival last March. He has played varsity and junior varsity tennis throughout his high school career and is also part of the school’s Justice League organization as well.

Sahith’s advice to incoming high school students is to “test out clubs as a freshman, then try to hone in and gain leadership positions. If you have specific academic interests, take on classes and opportunities outside of school that relate to them.”

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