Last month, Archbishop Mitty High School welcomed nearly 3,500 friends and family members to Father Jack Russi Field to celebrate the Class of 2019’s commencement ceremony. The event was held Saturday, May 25th, and the school recognized more than 400 graduates, including five who were recipients of special awards.
Senior Malavika Ramaroa was named the valedictorian. She maintained an impressive 4.6 cumulative academic grade point average and was a leader in several school programs, including the newspaper, the speech and debate team, and the Mitty Advocacy Project. This school year, Malavika was presented with the prestigious Archbishop Mitty General Excellence Award for being one of the top three students in a total of four different academic areas. During the summer, Malavika pursued her love of research and medicine by working at the Genetics and Neuroscience Microbiology Lab at Smith College in Massachusetts, the Microbiology Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the National Institute of Health in Fort Derrick, Maryland. This fall, Malavika will be attending Cornell University.
The salutatorian award went to senior Eshan Gupta, who emerged as a leader early in high school. Eshan participated in Student Government for four years, serving first as class representative, then ASB secretary, and — eventually — ASB President. Eshan earned a 4.6 cumulative grade point average. He was an active participant in the school’s speech and debate team, proving to be one of the most award-winning members of the four-time state champion squad. Eshan also participated in the Model UN, the school newspaper, the Mitty Advocacy Project, and the Ethics, Culture, Justice: South Africa class. This spring, Eshan was honored with an Archbishop Mitty General Excellence Award for being one of the top three students in five different disciplines. In addition to these accomplishments, Eshan is a first degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. This fall, he will be attending Georgetown University.
The Regents Award winners were also recognized during the commencement exercises. Senior Sophia Scott was named the most outstanding female student. She earned a 4.58 GPA and added greatly to each classroom she entered by being a student who was engaged, articulate, insightful, and collaborative. Sophia participated in the school’s cross country team, was a leader on retreats, and was part of the ECJ: India class. She also served as an editor for the school’s literary magazine, The Muse. Next year, Sophia will be sharing her incredible gifts with the student body at Boston College.
Senior Jackson Walker was named the most outstanding male student and was recognized for being a leader inside and outside the classroom. He maintained a 4.34 GPA and elevated class discussions with polished, mature, and insightful contributions. Jackson played water polo, led a school retreat, participated in the ECJ: South Africa class, and was an editor for the sports section of the school newspaper. He actively participated in the Campus Ministry leadership team: LIFE Corps. Perhaps most notably, he was very involved in Student Activities and served as senior class president this year. Jackson will be attending the University of Wisconsin at Madison in the fall.
Finally, senior Aditi Chatradhi was honored with the Romero Award, named after the recently canonized Archbishop Oscar Romero. The award recognizes one graduating senior who promotes social justice. The recipient of this award delivers a reflection at the Baccalaureate Mass. Aditi was recognized for maintaining an impressive 4.57 GPA while actively participating in the Mitty Advocacy Project, a student leadership program that engages in legislative advocacy, grassroots awareness projects, and community education on social justice issues. Her advocacy efforts led her to seek an internship with the district office of Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell). In addition to that, Aditi helped found theCodeMatrix, a student-run nonprofit that makes coding more accessible to young people. Recently, Aditi was asked to deliver a TED Talk about the creation and growth of this nonprofit. She also gave the keynote address for the IBM Academy of Technology’s annual STEM event at the University of Texas, Austin.
Congratulations to the Class of 2019!