Celebrating Our 2017 Graduating Seniors

We will be posting a new graduating senior profile each day leading up to May 26, the last day for seniors.
Graduating Senior: Rhea Gupta

Rhea Gupta

Eastern Technical High School (Carney Elementary, Pine Grove Middle)

Tell us about a teacher, assignment, field trip, or extracurricular activity that had a significant impact on you during your years as a BCPS student?

Entering a school like Eastern Tech, I knew that my four years of high school would not be like that of a regular BCPS student. Through this daunting journey, I challenged myself to take one of the most difficult courses our school could offer – AP U.S. History. Every single day, I was pushed to my breaking point. With daily detailed quizzes, essays, and drills, I had to be on top of my game at every moment. Although Ms. Pagliarini, my teacher, made every aspect of the course meticulous and challenging, she pushed us to allow us to perform at our fullest potential. Thanks to her, I learned more about my academic and mental capabilities. It has allowed me to work hard towards my goals and maintain an attitude of perseverance that I will carry through my future endeavors.

During your years as a BCPS student, what did you accomplish that you are most proud of? 

An accomplishment I am most proud of is my involvement in the community – including visiting a small village in India for a summer to help spread preventive care, spending my summers volunteering in local hospitals, and visiting our local elementary school to help tutor little kids. My work in the community is extremely important to me and something I hope to continue in my future.

What’s next for you? What are your college or employment plans immediately after graduation?

I will be attending the University of Maryland, College Park according to my current plans. I will be attending its honors college to hopefully obtain a degree in public health with a pre-medicine track so that I may hopefully have the chance to pursue medical school.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see myself completing my residency to work towards specializing my career in cardiology.

“Rhea is an amazing young woman who seems to have endless energy for the myriad of activities to which she commits her time. Serving as her school counselor since 2013 has afforded me the opportunity to know Rhea well. She is a respectful, generous young woman, and a determined, independent student who is intently focused on attaining her goals. Rhea is a student who values hard work and learning, enjoying the challenge of rigorous classes that expand her horizons; clearly evidenced by Rhea’s high school academic program, including eight Advanced Placement courses. In addition to her competitive courses, she was selected this year to participate in a Health Professions internship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. This internship provides her the opportunity to work with physicians, surgeons, and nurses at one of the most impressive hospitals in the world. Rhea takes full advantage of every activity, theoretical and practical, to learn as much as possible.

“Rhea has maintained a cumulative weighted grade point average of 5.19 which places her 5th in her senior class of 275 students.  Her cumulative un-weighted grade point average is 3.87 on a 4.0 scale. Rhea is a stellar student whose high school record provides an accurate reflection of her current academic skills and future academic potential.

“Throughout high school, Rhea has completed multiple hours of volunteer service, far exceeding the hours necessary to meet the service graduation requirement.  She volunteered each summer, throughout high school, at a hospitals and medical centers, accumulating over 500 hours of volunteer service.  One particularly interesting service experience involved Rhea traveling to Punjab, India with the Meher Baba Charitable Trust to work with physicians and nurses serving the poor of India. She reports that her experience with the Meher Baba Charitable Trust had great impact on her desire to pursue a career in the medical field.”

Donna Murphy, M.Ed., School Counseling Chair

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