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Vidhur Malhotra
Vidhur Malhotra

Vidhur Malhotra made it to the head of his class this year at Marcus High School. He plans to attend Duke University and major in Biomedical Engineering. He’s undecided about his future career plans, but expects it likely will be in the areas of medicine or engineering.

During high school, Malhotra was part of the Science National Honor Society, the National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society and the stock market club.

He is awaiting award and scholarship decisions.

Malhotra was most impacted by Lauren Popp, his AP English and PSAT Team teacher. His favorite school memory is the freedom of completing AP tests and being able to do “random fun things like building cardboard boats.”

AP Biology and AP Chemistry were the courses that influence Malhotra most.

“Mr. Hinsley and Mrs. Hutley are awesome people and they made science very cool,” he said.

For future grads, Malhotra has some advice: “School is important but get involved too,” he said. “What you do outside of the classroom matters.”

His parents are Amit and Vineeta Malhotra.

Derek Brook
Derek Brook

MHS’s salutatorian title goes to Derek Book for the class of 2015. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in chemical or biomedical engineering. He aspires to be a doctor.

Brook was a part of the Science National Honor Society and the National Honor Society. He was involved in Mu Alpha Theta, the varsity clay target team, the Spanish Honor Society, the robot team and Rho Kappa Honor Society.

So far, Brook has been awarded two scholarships: $25,000 per year to UT for engineering and a $500 LEF Flying Hawks Scholarship. He was most impacted by Dorothy Houck, his Algebra II teacher.

Mostly, he enjoyed having classes with his best friends and enjoying classes with teachers and friends after AP exams.

Brooks said his AP Chemistry class impacted him the most.

“Mrs. Jan Hutley made the material accessible and got everyone excited about it,” he said. “She inspired me to pursue a chemistry-related career.”

He was also influenced by his AP U.S. Government class and teacher Emily Worland. Because of that teacher he became very interested in government and politics, he said.

“Start your college search early,” he advises future grads. “Learn to procrastinate effectively.”

His parents are Richard and Heather Brook.

 

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