Montverde Academy proudly announces the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2023. Trevor Turnquist is this year’s Valedictorian, and Siddhartha Somani is the Salutatorian.
Trevor Turnquist is the president of Montverde Academy’s Honor Council and serves on the Leadership Huddle for the MVA chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a member of the ModelUN team, he plays for the lacrosse team, and he is a Youth Ambassador for the Tourette Association of America.
He has taken a total of 14 Advanced Placement courses at MVA and is grateful for the support of his teachers. “The Montverde Academy faculty helped support me when my tics interfered with school. They understood my condition and provided guidance when times got rough,” Trevor said.
Trevor has committed to the Honors Program at the University of Florida where he plans to double major in computer science and electrical engineering. After his undergraduate degree, he plans to pursue a PhD and hopes to work in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and robotics.
Siddhartha Somani is the president of the Science National Honor Society and is a member of the math club and programming club, and he plays golf for International Junior Golf Academy. He runs a nonprofit organization, Wings for Youth, in his hometown of Udaipur, India, and volunteers as a golf coach at the nonprofit First Tee. He is also a peer tutor for standard coursework and SAT prep at his golf academy. He is currently interning with a business-to-business software service provider and is developing a task management app.
He has taken a total of 10 Advanced Placement courses at MVA and thanks the programs and teachers who have helped him to achieve his goals. “The various programs at MVA have enabled me to engage myself in multi-faceted student projects alongside a diverse peer group and maintain my academic rigor throughout high school. MVA teachers have not only helped me realize what my true passions are within the fields of STEM, but also the type of diligence and work ethic needed to pursue those interests. Serving as constant mentors and advisors, the teachers at MVA have shown me how to problem solve effectively and address issues that are applicable on a higher scale,” Siddhartha said.
Siddhartha has committed to Georgia Tech where he plans to major in computer engineering and potentially pursue a minor in finance or other business-related area. After college, he plans to pursue a career in quantitative finance, harnessing his skills in finance, computation, engineering, and programming, and create his own startup that will hopefully transform into a full company under his name.
Congratulations to both students on their outstanding accomplishments! We wish them luck with all their future endeavors.