SOUTHINGTON - Abriham Bhamidipati and Aliya Sarris, seniors at Southington High School, have been selected as the 2018 to 2019 recipients of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Superintendent/Student Recognition award for leadership service to the school, academic prowess relative to ability and service to others in the community. A special luncheon has been planned by the Farmington Valley Superintendents Association in recognition of student award winners from area school districts on Friday, Nov. 30 at noon at the Farmington Country Club at 806 Farmington Ave.
This program was designed by school administrators to recognize students who have served their schools and communities while maintaining exceptional academic progress.
The Board of Education will recognize Bhamidipati and Sarris at the Dec. 13 board meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center at 200 N. Main St.
“Abriham ‘Abhi’ Bhamidipati is ranked number eight in his senior class,” said Connellan. “His passion for science and math has led him to pursue a rigorous course load in these areas. Abhi is a member of the school’s math team and robotics team and he participates in Project Lead the Way, Southington High School’s pre-engineering program. He is also the tutorial director for the National Honor Society. Abhi, along with five other middle school students founded a non-profit organization that continues to this day. Power of Peace Group provides support to orphan children in India as well as local community organizations, raising more than $100,000 since 2013.
“In college, Abhi will major in computer science and minor in economics with the goal of designing financial technologies and algorithms for business and government.”
“Aliya Sarris is currently ranked number three in the senior class,” said Connellan. “She is an active and involved student leader, serving as marching band clarinet section leader, president of the gender equality club and vice president of the Spanish club. While taking a full schedule of advanced placement and honors courses, Aliya studies two foreign languages and is a representative of the world language honor society council. A member of the National Honor Society, Aliya provides weekly volunteer tutoring to a second grader who has relocated from Venezuela. Aliya is interested in studying international relations, politics and globalism and working as a translator.”
-Superintendent of Schools Timothy Connellan.