Meet Center Grove’s Top Graduates
The race for the top of the 2021 class at Center Grove High School was too close to be announced.
Four students were separated by decimal points in their final grade point averages. Even as they finished their last day of school on May 28, no one knew who the top students were.
But after careful calculation, checking and re-checking their grades, it has been determined that Christina Monev and Sapna Vyas are the co-winners of this year’s class. Bryce Rayner was awarded the title of salutator.
“To be on top of the class is such an incredible honor. It is significant of all that I have accomplished and all of the hard work that I have done over the years, ”said Monev. “It’s even more special for me to be able to share this post with some of my close friends.
For the top two students, this honor is the result of years of hard work and a network of support.
“For me, it’s really a reflection of all the hard work I’ve done, and all my supporters have done – my parents, my sister, they all really supported me,” said Vyas.
Over the course of four years, Vyas has lived through a multitude of moments – big and small – that have shaped her into the student that she is.
But few will have as much of an impact as the last 15 months of learning during a pandemic.
“It definitely put me in the loop, especially with the number of (advanced level) classes I have taken. It changed the way these tests were structured, ”she said. “It was difficult to have enough time in class to prepare for the tests. My tennis season was also canceled. A lot of things happened in the last year that rocked me.
But Vyas persevered. In addition to playing tennis for the Trojan tennis team, which reached semi-state this year, it was part of the student government, the Math National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, and the National Honor Society. .
In class, Vyas had an affinity for math and science. These classes were where she met most of her friends, as many followed the same class schedule.
One of his favorite classes was anatomy, which matches his future plans. Vyas will attend the University of Texas at Dallas on a full scholarship, due to his status as a National Merit Scholar finalist. His plan is to specialize in health care studies, with the goal of attending medical school after college.
“My parents are both doctors and their influences have been important in my life,” she said. “I have always found an interest in science, not only in the hard sciences but also in bioethics. So that I can combine these two subjects that I really enjoy, the medical field is the best opportunity for me.
Monev was in her freshman year at Center Grove High School when she found a window into the business world.
She didn’t know much about the business world. But that all changed after joining Business Professionals of America in his first year at Center Grove. The experiences at this club helped shape not only his high school career, but possibly the rest of his life.
“This is the only opportunity I have had to grow as much as I have in the past four years,” she said.
Monev’s passion for the business world will also translate into his academic career. She will be attending New York University to study finance, leveraging her math skills with real-world applications in industry.
“I’ve always been very interested in math, and the computer analysis aspect of it. When I found out that this was something I could apply to a career, I was immediately intrigued, ”she said. “I’m very interested in the stock market and the whole economy as a whole, watching these crazy things happen in the world and seeing how it all interconnects. “
One of her favorite courses was Advanced Placement Computer Science, taught by Summer Ehresman. She was also fascinated by Advanced Placement Calculus, led by Katie Fruits, and AP Spanish taught by Kristi Fleck.
When not in class, Monev was part of the student government, the National Honor Society as well as the Math and Spanish Honor Societies and the Super Bowl Math Academic Team.
Calculating why things work and figuring out how to improve them has always fascinated Rayner.
Throughout his time at Center Grove, he discovered that classes such as calculus, physics, and chemistry were the ones that captured his imagination. Thinking about his future, he wanted to incorporate these concepts as much as possible.
As such, he will go to Purdue University next year, studying engineering with the hopes of being an electrical or nuclear engineer.
“I have always loved math and science. It really is the natural extension of these topics. I just like the idea of doing that, ”he said.
With a natural curiosity for engineering, high-level science and math classes were among Rayner’s favorites at Center Grove. But he also liked social studies. Experiences such as playing football, lacrosse and wrestling at various points in his high school career, as well as being in 4-H, helped make him a complete student, he said. declared.
To be one of Center Grove’s top students is a huge accomplishment.
“It makes me really happy. I feel like I’ve really put in a lot of work, so to see it come to something like this is a nice feeling, ”he said. “What really pushed me to the top was having my friends, who were there to push me. We felt like we were always pushing each other. We surrounded ourselves with this environment.