Penn High School Principal Sean Galiher announced that four Penn High School students have been named Rising Stars of Indiana Class of 2021 by the Indiana Association of School Principals.
Jayden Bell, Samik Ghosh, Maya Kvaratskhelia and Aidan Sweeney were named Rising Stars based on academic accomplishment and leadership skills.
JAYDEN BELL: Jayden Bell is a student in Penn’s STEM Academy. He placed first in the DECA State Championships in Financial Team Decision Making, and was also first at the DECA District Championships in Financial Team Decision Making. He was also first at the TEAMS Regionals, and is an AP Scholar. He has pursued cancer research at the Harper Cancer Research Institute, and studied Bioengineering research at Notre Dame. He is the Vice President of the Penn Medical Club, and is a member of DECA, the Science Academic Super Bowl team, and TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Math and Science). He plans to study Business Management & Technology.
SAMIK GHOSH: Samik Ghosh is a student in Penn’s STEM Academy. He is an AP Scholar and Qualified for the Brain Bee Nationals. He was also named an Indiana Soccer Coaches Association All-Academic Player. He has participated in Soccer, Track, and is a State Finalist Cross Country runner. He has also participated in TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science), DECA, Penn Medical Club, Model U.N., and Neuroscience Research at the University of Notre Dame. He plans to student Law and Business Management.
MAYA KVARATSKHELIA: Maya Kvaratskhelia was named Concertmaster of the Indiana All-State orchestra, and was a member of the Fine Arts Academic Super Bown State Championship Team. She is also a member of the Science Academic Super Bowl Team, the German Club, Indiana Math League, the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra, TEAMS, Freshman Mentoring, Kingsmen Court, the Fischoff Mentoring program and the German-American Partnership Program. She plans to double-major in Physics and Violin performance.
AIDAN SWEENEY: Aidan Sweeney is a student in Penn’s STEM Academy. He won first place at the 2020 DECA Regionals and State in Financial Team Decision Making, was an Indiana University Model UN 2019 Honorable Delegate, earned first place at the TEAMS 2020 Regional, and is an AP Scholar. He participates in Varsity Lacrosse, Model U.N. (Executive Member), DECA, TEAMS, National Honor Society, Academic Super Bowl (Math and Social Studies) and is a Discovery Mathcounts Assistant Coach. He plans to study Finance or Mathematics in college.