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Robbinsville High School seniors will say farewell to the district when they graduate this month, and this issue of the Advance once again features profiles of the 10 Exceptional Ravens.

With the help of Robbinsville High School staff, the Advance sent questionnaires to each of the 10 students. They were asked about their future plans, experiences at RHS and how they felt about wrapping up their high school careers in such a unique way.

This year’s graduating class will go on to attend schools like Georgia Tech, Cornell, Rutgers, Purdue, Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon and Pitt. They’ll study aerospace engineering, computer science, industrial design, medicine and physics.

At Robbinsville, the students participated in FIRST Robotics, Model UN, debate, National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, ONE Project and Science Olympiad, as well as playing on the tennis, track and field and cross country teams.

This generation of Ravens features future engineers, doctors, neurologists, researchers, software developers and project designers.

Graduation is set for June 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A rain date is scheduled for June 22.

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Aditya Ganesh

Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and computer engineering

Career plans: Undecided

RHS activities: Tennis, Math League, Science Olympiad, Senior Online Literacy, World Language Honor Society, National Honor Society

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? At first, it was disheartening to miss out on seeing my friends in person and getting the traditional senior year experience. But, I found ways to stay connected with my friends virtually, like streaming basketball games and watching movies, and loved going to our senior activities together. It may not have been the year I envisioned for myself, but I still made lifelong memories with my favorite people.

Favorite quote: ““There’s a saying: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” –Master Oogway

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Kavya Velliangiri

Johns Hopkins University

Neuroscience and computer science

Career plans: Neurologist and research in artificial intelligence

RHS activities: FIRST Robotics, FMLA, Science Olympiad, tennis, research club, National Honors Society, World Language Honors Society, multicultural club

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? The Class of 2021’s senior year has been unique, to say the least. Though it was unfortunate that we were not able to experience some of the privileges of a typical senior year, I am endlessly thankful to the parents, teachers, and administrators that worked extremely hard to give us a variety of exciting senior activities to choose from, all while showing their support for the Class of 2021.

Favorite quote: “If you want to be happy, be.” –Leo Tolstoy

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Hamzah Farooqi

Georgia Institute of Technology

Aerospace engineering with a minor in computer science

Career plans: Aerospace engineering research

RHS activities: FIRST Robotics, Model UN, Science Olympiad, cross country, track and field, World Language Honor Society, National Honor Society

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? RHS has done a fantastic job of trying to restore as much normalcy to this year as possible. With the senior activities they planned for us and the opportunities to return to various clubs and sports, I was able to make the most out of a bad situation and have a memorable senior year.

Favorite quote: “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good”–John Steinbeck

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Farah Nisar

Rutgers University

Biomedical engineering

Career plans: Medicine

RHS activities: Red Cross, Math League, ONE Project, National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? It was really exciting to take part in all the fun-filled activities and also get the chance to meet up with everyone in person. I’m extremely thankful to all the teachers, staff, and my classmates for making senior year an amazing experience packed with wonderful memories!

Favorite quote: “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” –Helen Keller

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Jerome Poravanthattil

University of Pittsburgh

Mechanical engineering

Career plans: Automation engineer

RHS activities: Cross country, track and field, Model UN

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? Honestly it started out quite difficult in terms of staying motivated to work, but after 9 months of online tests, social distancing, and zoom calls, I can safely say I am still not motivated to do anything.

Favorite quote: “The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma.”–Patrick Star

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Gazal Mathur

Georgia Institute of Technology

Industrial design

Career plans: Product designer

RHS activities: Math League, art club, Robbinsville Asian American Dance Association, Red Cross

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? Although it was fun to attend classes at home in my pajamas, after a while, I missed the in-person interactions with my friends and classmates.

Favorite quote: “Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not.” –Uncle Iroh

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Kavya Golamaru

Georgia Institute of Technology

Computer science

Career plans: Software developer

RHS activities: FIRST Robotics, National Honor Society, Red Cross, Math League, Model UN

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? It was definitely hard keeping myself motivated while doing online school, especially without the direct support of my teachers and friends, but I’m glad I pushed through and I’m extremely happy with how things ended up this year. Although we missed out on many of the typical senior activities, I’m incredibly grateful for still having prom and graduation to look forward to, and in general, for all the good memories I’ve made these past four years at RHS.

Favorite quote: “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

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Ishan Arora

Georgia Institute of Technology

Computer science

Career plans: Machine learning engineer/software engineer

RHS activities: First Robotics, National Honor Society, Senior Online Literacy

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? It was interesting to say the least. The time seeing all my friends and teachers was almost zero, other than the rare occasions we were permitted to hang out. It was a new experience, even though it wasn’t the most ideal experience it was still one that was very much worth remembering.

Favorite quote: “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.”–Sheryl Sandberg

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Rugved Dikay

Purdue University

Aerospace engineering

Career plans: Aerospace engineer

RHS activities: National Honor Society, Math League, Science Olympiad, World Language Honor Society, & Robbinsville Extended Day Volunteering/Employment

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? With such a senior year, it was partially dissatisfying to not spend time with friends as much in school and having limited senior privileges/activities, but also rewarding as I feel the experience offered me a new found understanding of the importance of the academic environment of school, proved to me how quick even a year of mundane online learning can pass and the need to cherish moments as they occur, and taught me how to adapt in the face of a seemingly endless adversity through having hope for a normal, restriction free future.

Favorite quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts.”

–Winston Churchill

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Ashrith Pagedemarry

Cornell University

Physics

Career plans: Physics research associate

RHS activities: Debate, tennis, National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society

What was it like to experience your senior year at the tail end of a pandemic? If I could describe my senior year in one word, I would go with “easy.” A considerably decreased workload and the ease of accessing class virtually made my academic year a breeze. In the midst of all this, I was still able to enjoy a full senior tennis season in the spring. Although I would have loved to go to Disney, I still had a pretty fun and relaxed year. You can’t expect to gain anything if you don’t sacrifice anything.

Favorite quote: “I used to try and do backflips a lot, but I used to bang my head more often than not, so I gave it up.” -Anthony Starr