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Twenty students were chosen by judges from local colleges and universities to represent the most accomplished of NEPA’s graduating classes as part of The Citizens’ Voice’s second annual Scholastic Superstar program. Rani Shrivastava was selected from Tunkhannock Area.

Q. What accomplishments are you most proud of and why?

A. My proudest accomplishment is earning the title of valedictorian because it has been something I have strived for throughout high school.

Q. What were your most rewarding school or community activities?

A. My most rewarding activity that I participate in is You Go Girl because it allowed me to lead and be a good role model for young girls in the school district.

Q. Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your spare time?

A. My favorite hobbies include playing volleyball and basketball.

Q. What are your plans after you graduate from high school?

A. My plans after high school are to attend college to major in biomedical engineering. I chose this path because it combines my interests in math, science, and healthcare.

Q. What do you see yourself doing and where do you see yourself living in 15 years?

A. In 15 years I see myself with a family while in the early stages of developing a medical device company.

Q. Who do you most admire and why?

A. I admire my parents the most because of the hard work they put into every aspect of their lives.

Q. In a sentence, what is your philosophy of life?

A. Everything happens for a reason.

Q. Finish this sentence: One interesting thing about me is ...

A. ... that I work at Wyoming County’s best gas station, Lorbeez Country Store, with the cheapest prices.

Parents: Hemant and Marcey Shrivastava

Some of her honors include: Ranked among top of her class, advanced placement courses, National Honor Society president

Athletics: Captain of the volleyball and basketball teams, nominated for post-season league all-star team in volleyball and has won multiple coaches’ awards in both sports

Activities: President of the Physics Club, the Governor’s regional STEM competition team captain, Future Business Leaders of America, student council, Class of 2020 Steering Committee, Scholastic Scrimmage Team and the SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl team, peer tutoring

Community service: Recreation leader at Vacation Bible School, Dr. Seuss Day, food drive, You Go Girl

Her nominator said: “The first time I met her (when describing her passion for writing), she shared with me that she had written her first set of novels (unpublished) at the age of seven. I knew at that moment that I was getting the opportunity to work with an extraordinary young woman. She never ceases to amaze me with her kind spirit and enthusiasm for learning.”