NEWS: Mohanarajan Named Class Of 2017 Salutatorian

(Photo courtesy yearbookavenue.com)

By Dominick Buccitti – Staff Reporter

Kavitha Mohanarajan is the salutatorian of the Class of 2017.

“I was really excited,” Mohanarajan said. “I found out a couple weeks ago.”

Throughout her four years at Jonathan Law, Mohanarajan has been a member of the National Honor Society, the cross country team, the Fencing Club, the Drama Club, and the recently-formed Lawcapella group.

While being an active member of the Jonathan Law community, she also volunteers outside of school. During her four years of high school, Mohanarajan has been a volunteer at the Milford Public Library, Stratford Public Library, and Bridgeport Hospital.

Mohanarajan also has been a summer camp counselor and an intern for the Milford Democratic Party.

“Kavitha’s a great person who is always trying to involve herself in order to help others,” senior Ally Maccio said.

Mohanarajan began her AP journey sophomore year when she took AP US Government and Politics and AP United States History. She has since taken 8 more AP classes, totaling 10 AP classes in her high school career.

“(Kavitha is) smart, articulate, motivated, kind, and an absolute pleasure to have,” AP Psychology teacher Ms. Burns said. “She’s a gem.”

Mohanarajan has received much recognition over her four years at Law. Her awards include: Biology Academic Achievement (9), Latin Academic Achievement (9,11), the Dartmouth Book Award (11), The Society of Women Engineers Award (11), Friends of Milford Library Book Award (11), AP Scholar (11), and honors (9,10,11,12).

“Kavitha is an exceptional young woman,” Burns said.

Mohanarajan recently received the Friends of Milford Library scholarship. Given to one senior at Law and one at Foran, the honorees were chosen for their involvement in their school and community, academic achievements, and love for reading.

“It was truly a pleasure to nominate Kavitha for the FOML Scholarship,” media specialist Ms. Briggs said. “She is so accomplished as a student and as a person and is very deserving of this recognition.”

Mohanarajan will be attending the University of Connecticut. She plans to study Physiology and Neurobiology.

She also recently was accepted into the honors program at UConn. She strives to become a doctor.

“I’ve known Kavitha for four years now because she is in my advisory,” NHS adviser Ms. Turcotte said. “She is very intelligent and I have no doubt that she will have many successes in her future studies.”

Mohanarajan had a piece of advice for underclassmen and their future endeavors.

“Push yourself, don’t be afraid to try new things,” Mohanarajan said.

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