May 20, 2019 - Plano East Senior High School Salutatorian
Plano East Senior High School 2019 Salutatorian - Shiva Teerdhala
Shiva Teerdhala will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the Life Sciences and Management Program and will begin working towards a degree in biology as well as a degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business.
He is president of the National Honor Society and active in whiz quiz, history fair, science fair and the chamber orchestra.
Most Influential Teacher
Shiva indicates that two Plano East teachers have influenced him. He said that Mr. Rhett Carter's, AP European history and AP U.S. history were inspiring. "His passion for history is contagious. Every day in his class brought something new. His support has been invaluable, and I am a better person due to his mentorship."
Ms. Julie Baker, AP biology teacher, has also been influential. "Her encouraging nature and kindness inspired me to excel in biology even when the material was extremely challenging. By pushing me to constantly ask questions, Ms. Baker demonstrated to me the importance of learning."
Advice to Students
"Don't stress out over results or outcomes. Rather, enjoy the process of learning new things and constantly ask yourself how you can apply your knowledge to create positive change in the world. Grades and awards, while rewarding, are relatively temporary; however, the knowledge we gain and relationships we form during school are permanent. Pursue your passions and treasure the people who are important, because that is how we can find fulfillment in our lives."