Several 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Of Indian Origin

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The U.S. Education Department announced 161 high school seniors who are to be honored as 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars, among them at least 29 to 30 of Indian origin.

The 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars contains Indian-American high school seniors excelling in various fields of endeavor.

“Our 2022 Presidential Scholars represent the best of America, and remind us that when empowered by education, there are no limits to what our young people can achieve,” Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona is quoted saying in the press release. “Today, I join President Biden to celebrate a class of scholars whose pursuit of knowledge, generosity of spirit, and exceptional talents bring our nation tremendous pride.”

“Throughout one of the most trying periods in our nation’s history and amid our recovery from the pandemic, our students have once again demonstrated their strength and that they have so much to contribute to our country. Thanks to them, I know America’s future is bright,” Cardona added.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership.

Of the 3.7 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,000 candidates qualified for the 2022 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through nominations made by chief state school officers, other partner recognition organizations and YoungArts, the National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists.

As directed by Presidential Executive Order, the 2022 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 U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 scholars in the arts and 20 scholars in career and technical education.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,900 of the nation’s top-performing students. The Presidential Scholars Class of 2022 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer with an online recognition program.

Indian-Americans Among 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars
* Scholar for U.S. Presidential Scholar in Arts.
** Scholar for U.S Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education.


**AZ – Glendale – Salil Naik, Mountain Ridge High School, Glendale, Arizona.


*CA – Fremont – Reva Srivastava, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, California.


CO – Highlands Ranch – Rishika Kartik, St. Mary’s Academy High School, Englewood, Colorado.

Connecticut (both candidates from this state are of Indian origin)

CT – Niantic – Aditya Kabra, East Lyme High School, East Lyme, Connecticut.

CT – W. Hartford – Maya Prafulla Shah Palanki, Conard High School, West Hartford, Connecticut.


DE – Hockessin – Arjan Singh Kahlon, The Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington, Delaware.

**DE – Newark – Sreeya Pittala, Newark Charter Junior/Senior High School, Newark, Delaware.


FL – Tallahassee – Sandhya Kumar, Lawton Chiles High School, Tallahassee, Florida.


**GA – Cumming – Ayush G. Gundawar, South Forsyth High School, Cumming, Georgia.

Illinois (4 our of 5 candidates from this state are of Indian origin)

**IL – Naperville – Rishi Patel, Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, Illinois.

**IL – Naperville – Jaisnav Rajesh, Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, Illinois.

**IL – Naperville – Piya Shah, Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, Illinois.

IL – Oak Brook – Jui Khankari, Hinsdale Township High School Central, Hinsdale, Illinois.


IN – Newburgh – Sneha Yelamanchili, Signature School, Evansville, Indiana.


IA – Bettendorf – Kavya Kalathur, Pleasant Valley Community High School, Pleasant Valley, Iowa.


KS – Fort Scott – Shekhar Kumar Gugnani, Fort Scott High School, Ft Scott, Kansas.

KS – Overland Park – Gauri Yadav, Olathe North High School, Olathe, Kansas.


LA – Lafayette – Anil Cacodcar, Episcopal School Of Acadiana, Cade, Louisiana.

LA – Shreveport – Ashini Modi, Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Shreveport, Louisiana.


ME – Bar Harbor – Sirohi G. Kumar, Mount Desert Island High School, Mount Desert, Maine.


MA – Shrewsbury – Aryan Kumar, Advanced Math and Science Academy, Marlborough, Massachusetts.


MN – Minneapolis – Dedeepya Guthikonda, Edina High School, Edina, Minnesota.


MS – Greenwood – Dia Chawla, Pillow Academy, Greenwood, Mississippi.

North Carolina

NC – Chapel Hill – Dheepthi Mohanraj, The North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics, Durham, North Carolina.


OK – Oklahoma City – Aishwarya Swamidurai, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


PA – Bryn Mawr – Adamya Aggarwal, Haverford School, Haverford, Pennsylvania.


TX – Austin – Siddh Bamb, Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, Texas.


*UT – Salt Lake City – Malavika G. Singh, West High School, Salt Lake City, Utah.


VT – South Burlington – Sriram Sethuraman, South Burlington High School, South Burlington, Vermont.


VA – Potomac Falls – Uma Pillai, Potomac Falls High School, Sterling, Virginia.


WI – Verona – Ananya Krishna, James Madison Memorial High School, Madison, Wisconsin.



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