SHS students to be honored at CT superintendent awards

Southington’s superintendent of schools Tim Connellan announced that Abhiram Bhamidipati and Aliya Sarris, seniors at Southington High School, have been selected as the 2018-19 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, 806 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

Aliya Sarris

Aliya Sarris is currently ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2019.

“She is an active and involved student leader, serving as the marching band’s clarinet section leader, president of the gender equality club, and vice president of the Spanish club,” school officials said in a press release. “While taking a full schedule of advanced placement and honors courses, Sarris studies two foreign languages, and is a representative on the world language honor society council.”

A member of the National Honor Society, Sarris provides weekly volunteer tutoring to a second grader who has relocated from Venezuela. She is interested in studying international relations, politics, and globalism and working as a translator.

Abhiram Bhamidipati is ranked No. 8 in his senior class. “His passion for science and math has led him to pursue a rigorous course load in these areas,” officials said in the release.

Bhamidipati is a member of the school’s math team, robotics team, and a participant in Project Lead the Way – SHS’s pre-engineering program. He is also the tutorial director for the National Honor Society.

“He, along with five other middle school students, founded a non-profit organization that continues to this day,” officials said in the release. “Power of Peace Group provides support to orphan children in India, as well as local community organizations, raising over $100,000 since 2013.”

In college, Bhamidipati is planning to major in computer science and minor in economics, with the goal of designing financial technologies and algorithms for business and government.

The CAPSS program was designed by school administrators to recognize students who have served their schools and communities while maintaining exceptional academic progress.

CAPSS, the statewide school superintendents’ professional organization is based in West Hartford and provides professional development, personal support, statewide conferences, legislative information and educational services to its members.

The Board of Education will recognize both students at the Dec. 13 board meeting, beginning at 7 p.m., at the municipal center at 200 N. Main St.

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