Olentangy Liberty’s Chhabria named 2012 Teen of the Year
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Along with May graduation, there is for area high school seniors a multitude of events to attend celebrating the end of their high school careers. Among these is the annual Teen of the Week recognition and ensuing announcement of the Teen of the Year.
This year, the long-standing community event was sponsored by Columbus State Community College (CSCC) and the Delaware Gazette.
Selected on the basis of academics, leadership and volunteer activities, Olentangy Liberty’s Vivek Chhabria was chosen from a group of 30 high-performing seniors from around the county to receive the honor and the $2,500 scholarship that accompanies it.
CSCC campus dean Angelo Frole congratulated all the award recipients gathered at the community college’s Delaware campus, including the parents who supported their children, as he wished them well in their futures noting “the world is getting smaller and the jobs are getting scarcer.”
Gazette editor Devon Immelt echoed Frole in thanking the gathered parents for their role in raising teens who excel.
In announcing the Teen of the Year, Immelt noted how difficult it was to select the recipient from the list of impressive candidates.
Vivek said on receiving the scholarship that he was “very, very surprised and very humbled.”
Vivek is president of his school’s National Honor Society, co-president of student council and active in the school’s service club where he volunteers for a variety of projects. He also volunteers regularly at the APPIO Medical Clinic through his temple on Hyatts Road. Other activities include performing as dance captain on an Indian dance group that performs competitively and playing on the school’s tennis team.
He plans to major in engineering, focusing later in a particular area. He is contemplating majoring in mechanical engineering in his undergraduate studies and potentially going on to biomedical engineering as he pursues his master’s degree and doctorate. He envisions his life in both research and teaching.
Vivek said it is strange to be done with high school, yet he is excited to be going on to higher education as he continues his studies at Ohio State University.
It was amazing to hear all the things that all the other teens accomplished, he said, the great ideas they had.
“These kids fit so much in their lives,” Vivek said of the accomplishments of the group.
Other teens of the week from the 2011-12 school year include: from Delaware Hayes High School, Andie Moore, Erwin John Dugasz III, Victoria Bias, Cassy Castle, Miriam Gibbs and Melissa Hurley; from Olentangy Schools, Sean DeLeon, Marta Kosmyna, Oliver Wang, Amanda Gu and Antoniya Gancheva; from Big Walnut High School, Connor Moran, Katherine Berger, Darian Alley, Connor Jones, Jessica Stayton and Brittany Evans; from Buckeye Valley High School, Jessica Harsh, Aubree Clase, Alicia James, Jaclyn Penny, Kevan Green and Rob Patzke; from Delaware Christian School, Caroline Art, Ryan Zinn and Sarah Harp; and from the Delaware Area Career Center, Alexander Jokerst, Allison Kelly and Victoria Simons.