Farmington School Board members on Tuesday honored more than 50 students who have achieved special academic honors in a variety of programs.
"The level of academic achievement and the great aspirations these students have is truly, truly what makes this community so strong," said Catherine Cost, assistant superintendent of instructional services.
Honorees included three students, one from each high school, who scored a perfect 36 composite score on the ACT (American College Testing) standardized test, which measures a student's readiness for college. Rashmika Goswami, Harrison High, Jane Xiao, Farmington High, and Mrigank Gupta, North Farmington High, earned the highest possible score on each of four tests in English, math, reading and science.
Peter Romero, North Farmington High, is among 5,000 Hispanic/Latino high school students honored through the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Students from the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Mariana Islands and Marshall Islands are selected based on their PSAT/NMSQT college entrance exam scores.
These students were honored through the National Merit Scholarship and National Achievement Scholarship programs, academic competitions that recognize and provide scholarships for high school students:First Name Last Name Award Agency School Rebecca Bartke Commended Student Merit North Farmington Rohit Bhadange Semifinalist Merit Farmington Sahit Bollineni Semifinalist Merit Farmington Kate Diehl Semifinalist Merit Farmington Haley Eisenshtadt Commended Student Merit Harrison Indulekha Ghandikota Commended Student Merit Farmington Taania Girgla Semifinalist Merit Farmington Dania Khan Semifinalist Merit Harrison Keenu Malik Commended Student Merit Farmington Briana Payton Outstanding Participant Achievement Farmington Alexander Przeslawski Commended Student Merit Harrison Peter Romero Semifinalist Merit Harrison Connor Rubin Commended Student Merit Harrison Anisha Sudarshan Semifinalist Merit Farmington Nathan Wang Commended Student Merit North Farmington Jane Xiao Semifinalist Merit Farmington Owen Yang Semifinalist Merit North Farmington
Students who participated in Boys and Girls State summer leadership and citizenship programs, sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary included:First Name Last Name Program School Catherine Barkach Girls State Harrison Kourtney Bell Girls State North Farmington Aaliyah Brown Girls State North Farmington Paige Campbell Girls State Harrison Kathleen George Girls State North Farmington Jessica Kenely Girls State Farmington Catherine Washington Girls State Harrison Shiva Mehta Boys State North Farmington Haaris Munir Boys State North Farmington Alexander Przeslawski Boys State Harrison Benjamin Rosenstock Boys State Harrison Devin Young Boys State North Farmington
Participants in the Boys and Girls State programs attend between their junior and senior years. Students are divided into "cities" and hold elect mock municipal officials and representatives to a mock state legislature. They also elect counterparts to the state's governor, lieutenant governor and other officials. Mock trials are held, with students volunteering to play the parts of lawyers, defendants, jury members and media.
The largest group of recognized students were named AP Scholars by the College Board for exceptional achievement on college-level advanced placement exams. AP Scholars are students who complete three or more exams with grades of 3 or higher; AP Scholar with Honor honorees achieve a grade of 3.25 or higher on all exams and 3 or higher on four or more exams; and AP Scholar with Distinction honorees have earned an average grade of at least 3.5 on all exams and 3 or higher on five or more exams.First Name Last Name Building Award Sean Acker Farmington Scholar with Honor James Allbery North Farmington Scholar Vanisha Amin Farmington Scholar Rebecca Bartke North Farmington Scholar with Honor Rohit Bhadange Farmington Scholar with Distinction Sahit Bollineni Farmington Scholar with Distinction Elysa Bryen North Farmington Scholar with Honor Philip Chacko North Farmington Scholar Rachel Chacko Farmington Scholar Kate Diehl Farmington Scholar with Honor Haley Eisenshtadt Harrison Scholar with Honor Zachary Fecher Harrison Scholar Ryan Finn North Farmington Scholar with Distinction Emma Forbes Harrison Scholar Kathleen George North Farmington Scholar with Honor Indulekha Ghandikota Farmington Scholar with Distinction Taania GIrgla Farmington Scholar with Distinction Christianne Goodwin North Farmington Scholar Rashmika Goswami Harrison Scholar Mrigank Gupta North Farmington Scholar with Honor Veronica Harte Harrison Scholar with Honor Rachel Hollander Harrison Scholar with Honor Brandt Hopfe North Farmington Scholar Jayhua Hsia Farmington Scholar with Honor Halley Hurt Farmington Scholar with Distinction Pravalika Jarugula Farmington Scholar Jeremy Kach Harrison Scholar with Honor Michael Kach Harrison Scholar with Honor Kyle Kansman North Farmington Scholar Alexander Kavner North Farmington Scholar with Honor Jessica Kenely Farmington Scholar Lily LaBelle Farmington Scholar Jacob Lockledge North Farmington Scholar Laura Lusk North Farmington Scholar with Honor Keenu Malik Farmington Scholar with Distinction Maithri Malladi Farmington Scholar Yoshua Mathai Farmington Scholar Kimberly Mattson North Farmington Scholar Stephanie Mecham Farmington Scholar Shiva Mehta North Farmington Scholar Logan Nathanson North Farmington Scholar Victoria Petrak North Farmington Scholar Matthew Ponder North Farmington Scholar Clara Poparad-Stezar Farmington Scholar with Distinction Katherine Portelli Farmington Scholar Alexander Przeslawski Harrison Scholar with Distinction Sachin Raval North Farmington Scholar with Honor Jacob Repino North Farmington Scholar Matthew Romeo North Farmington Scholar William Romine North Farmington Scholar Benjamin Rosenstock Harrison Scholar Daniel Rothenberg North Farmington Scholar with Honor Connor Rubin Harrison Scholar with Honor Timothy Schumacher Farmington Scholar with Honor Priyanka Shanmugasundaram Farmington Scholar Lisa Shrosbree North Farmington Scholar Morgan Slomovitz North Farmington Scholar Kenyetta Smith Harrison Scholar Anisha Sudarashan Farmington Scholar with Distinction Mrudhula Tankasala Farmington Scholar Dominic Uhelski Farmington Scholar Julia Wang Harrison Scholar Nathan Wang North Farmington Scholar Kashmira Wani North Farmington Scholar Rachel Williams North Farmington Scholar with Honor Jane Xiao Farmington Scholar with Distinction Owen Yang North Farmington Scholar with Distinction Ian Zaback Farmington Scholar Michael Zimmer Farmington Scholar