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Area senior named U.S. Presidential Scholar

Houston student reflects on her high school career

Nivedha Soundappan, a Houston County High School student, is one of 161 seniors selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a U.S. Presidential Scholar. She was named Houston County’s STAR Student on Feb. 22, and then the Region 6 STAR Student
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Nivedha Soundappan, a Houston County High School student, is one of 161 seniors selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a U.S. Presidential Scholar. She was named Houston County’s STAR Student on Feb. 22, and then the Region 6 STAR Student

One of Middle Georgia’s own has made the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars list. Nivedha Soundappan, a Houston County High School student, is one of 161 seniors selected by the U.S. Department of Education for their high achievements.

More than 5,100 students qualified for the award, which is based on SAT and ACT exam scores and nominations. One male and female student were chosen from each state, as well as from Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and abroad. The U.S. President Scholars Program was created in 1964.

The winning students named their most influential teachers, who received letters of recognition from the secretary of Education. Soundappan chose business and computer science teacher Sheila Jones.

Soundappan, of Kathleen, is the daughter of A. Soundappan and Kanjana Jayaraman. She is Houston County High’s senior class president, and she has a 4.0 GPA and scored a 1,600 on the SAT. She was named Houston County’s STAR Student on Feb. 22, and then the Region 6 STAR Student on March 21. She selected Jones as her STAR Teacher.

Students are eligible for the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition award if they have the highest SAT scores of their graduating class and grade-point averages in the top 10 percent, or the top 10 students.

Soundappan will attend Stanford University in the fall. She hopes to get an aerospace engineering degree and then work with the research and design division in the Air Force.

Andrea Honaker: 478-744-4382, @TelegraphAndrea

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