Student of the month: Valedictorian values time at CMA

Jul. 22, 2013 @ 02:53 PM

The clear determination and work ethic that Srija Yarlagadda possesses will take her far.

The valedictorian of her graduating class, Yarlagadda spoke to incoming high school freshmen, reminding them that “studies come first and don’t get discouraged. Just try first. You can get help if you want it but you need to try by yourself first.”
Having been named an AP Scholar with Distinction and the recipient of the Superintendent’s Award, Yarlagadda was more than just a high achiever at the City of Medicine Academy.
Besides working on the CMA yearbook and HOSA – Health Occupation Students of America – Yarlagadda spent quite a bit of time with song and dance. She plays the veena, a stringed instrument of India, and has spent many years dancing.
Yarlagadda said that biology was her favorite subject in school.
“Biology was my favorite,” she said. “I like the human aspect of it. It’s interesting how the systems work together to create bigger systems.”
Yarlagadda plans to further her interest in science when she attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall, double majoring in chemistry and psychology.
“I want to become a neurosurgeon.”
Looking back on her time at CMA before looking forward to UNC, Yarlagadda said that her time at CMA was a truly unique experience, one that she won’t soon forget.
“I liked how small it was and how close everyone was.”
During her commencement speech to her graduating class, Yarlagadda said that the close-knit environment that made CMA special was not going to be soon lost.
“We’re always going to be together because of the bond we share. I wish I had more time here. It is hard leaving, but there’s a world waiting for us.”

About the Student of the Month:

Name: Srija Yarlagadda

Age: 17

School: City of Medicine Academy

Awards: AP Scholar with Distinction, Superintendent’s Award

School activities: Worked on the yearbook, HOSA, dance and playing the veena, a stringed musical instrument of India.

For fun: Dancing and singing

Favorite movies: comedies

Favorite music: classical instrumental music