Floral Park Names 2016’s Top Students

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Mahesh Tiwari has been named as Floral Park Memorial High School’s valedictorian and Reema Kumar has been named as the salutatorian of the Class of 2016.

Tiwari has a weighted grade-point average of 104 and he will earn his Honors with Distinction Advanced Regents Diploma with 32.5 credits. He is a National Honor Society student and was named an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction as well as a 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student. Tiwari has been president of the student council, of National Junior Honor Society, of the Romance Language Club and of the LGBTQ Association.

Tiwari helped build a school in Nicaragua with the Build-On Club and is a peer tutor for fellow students. In addition, Tiwari has scored 97 percent or better on his New York State Regents examinations and achieved an impressive 2,210 on the SAT I.

He also achieved perfect scores on three of his SAT II examinations, with an 800 in chemistry, an 800 in math level II and an 800 in world history, along with a score of 760 in U.S. history and a 710 in biology. Tiwari is a science researcher whose excellence earned him third place in 2014 and an honorable mention in 2013 for plant science research at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. In May 2015, he received a $60,000 scholarship with the Rensselaer Medal Award for an Outstanding Math/Science Student.

Outside of the classroom, Tiwari is a gifted musician. He has logged more than 150 volunteer hours playing the piano and cello, performs as a cellist with the Hunter College Symphony Orchestra and was a winner in the Grand Prix Concert Festival Concerto Competition.

Tiwari is also an organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Bellerose and St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church of Floral Park. In the summer, he attended the summer academy for high school organists at the Eastman School of Music. He is a dedicated volunteer, providing patient care at both New York Methodist Hospital and Jamaica Hospital. Tiwari plans to study pre-medicine in addition to majoring in music in the fall.     

Kumar maintains a 102 grade-point average and is enrolled in almost every advanced placement course at Floral Park. She will graduate with an astounding 35 credits, scoring no less than a 97 on all of her New York State Regents tests. Kumar will receive an advanced regents diploma with honors and scored an impressive 2,230 on the SAT.

In addition to academic achievements, Kumar is president of the Model UN Club, vice president of the Class of 2016, secretary of the Technology Club and secretary of the senior high orchestra. This past summer, she raised money to fulfill her goal of spending a week building the foundation of a school in an impoverished village in Nicaragua with the Build-On Club. Kumar has contributed more than 400 hours as a camp counselor at the Hindu Heritage Summer Camp in Rochester, teaching children (ages 8 to 15) about Hindu culture and traditions. She will pursue a major in economics after graduation.

—Courtesy of Sewanhaka Central High School District

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