Atlanta, GA, May 31, 2017: Sivaram Emani of Newton, MA who has roots in Atlanta, is among the 2017 Presidential Scholars announced by US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently.
Emani is one of 161 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community. The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., from June 18-20.
Sivaram is a trustee of Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Riverdale (HTA) where his grandfather Subbiah is the secretary. His grandparents Subbiah and Lakshmi moved to Atlantaover 35 years ago. Sivaram’s father Sitaram Emani is a graduate of WoodwardAcademyin Atlanta. Both his parents are medical professionals at Boston Children’s Hospital, Newton, MA.
“I congratulate this year’s class of Presidential Scholars for their devotion to academic excellence and their parents and teachers who have guided them along the way,” said Betsy DeVos. “Today’s Presidential Scholars are tomorrow’s leaders, and I am confident they will continue to be shining examples as they enter the next phase of their academic careers.”
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Of the 3.5 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,100 candidates qualified for the 2017 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, and through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArtsTM competition.
The 2017 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 from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.
Siva, a senior at The Roxbury Latin School, will be attending Harvard University in the fall for an undergraduate degree in Bio Engineering. Throughout his high school years he has undertaken several leadership roles including captain of the school varsity tennis team, president of debate team, vice president of Model UN, founder and president of the science club, co-editor of the school newspaper, and member of school acapella group. Siva is a passionate violinist in Carnatic music style, which he has been learning from Sri K.V.S. Vinay for over 6 years.