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Scholarships & Awards NHS Scholarship Winner Profile 2014 National Winner: Abhishek Rao, Caravel Academy B "To lead is to truly listen, with humility and undivided attention. To lead is to simply serve and care, while striving and persevering despite setbacks, to make a humble difference in my own small way." -Abhishek Rao 26 leadership for student activities ear, DE, is a small community south of Newark that is home to both the University of Delaware and the lesser‑known Caravel Academy, a private college‑preparatory school. Abhishek Rao, 2014 national winner of the National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship, attends Caravel. As a member of the class of 2014, Rao has taken full advantage of all that his school offers, creating a unique profile of accomplishments. Taking the top position in his class of 82 students, Rao performed exceptionally in academics, starting with top scores on his SAT. He earned national recognition in the Academic World Quest competition, Science Olympiad, and State Math League over the last three years. He was also named a National Merit Semifinalist, National AP Scholar, National Finalist in the National History Day competition, and Semifinalist in the Norman Mailer National Award for Creative Writing. Principal Tara Heuschkel commented in her recommendation that Rao's academic record "speaks to his superior intelligence and work ethic" and his "continual effort to improve himself and work collaboratively with others." As a student leader, Rao served for two years as vice president of his NHS chapter and for three years as vice president of his class. Regarding his leadership, NHS adviser Dineen Bejger notes, "He is a driven individual who responds immediately to requests and works meticulously to achieve the very best of his ability. He is a quiet leader with amazing fortitude." In the scholarship program's narrative essay, Rao concluded, "I learned that leadership is not merely making plans, but actively participating in and implementing plans with compassion. It taught me that to lead is to work in the trenches with my teammates, not to shirk from being the only one to stack 50 chairs or clean up a massive water spill. To lead is to truly listen, with humility and undivided attention. To lead is to simply serve and care, while striving and persevering despite setbacks, to make a humble difference in my own small way." All who commented on Rao's career agreed that his strongest showing was in community service around the issue of health care. He learned first‑hand about the topic through internships at the local hospital and a local biotechnology research lab. He volunteered at three hospitals over three years, including spending time with disabled veterans at a Veterans Affairs Hospital. From his experience and research, he devised a plan and sponsored a health fair for senior citizens in his community. Over three years, he successfully organized the health fairs in part to increase community health awareness, particularly in the area of cardiovascular diseases, including creating a foundation to assist in raising more than $8,000 to fund the project. Screening tests were provided; forum sessions offered Q&A services on health care; and information was disseminated to participating senior citizens. In the end, he learned a lot about health care, leadership, and himself. For his outstanding scholarship, exemplary leadership and service, and good character, the National Association of Secondary School Principals is proud to honor Rao as the 2014 national winner of the NHS Scholarship.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Leadership for Students Activities - December 2014, NASC Edition

Editor’s Note
Questions & Answers
Take Note
Being a Leader
From the Director
Sophisticated Selfies: Looking Inward
Teaching Tolerance
Student Leaders Take Responsibility
Middle Level Activities
Lessons for Leaders
Scholarships & Awards
Project Showcase
Activities Exchange
Things to Do

Leadership for Students Activities - December 2014, NASC Edition