Siva Emani ’17 Receives Presidential Scholarship Medallion at White House

Dr. Hyde and Siva Emani '17

On 18 June, RL’s 2017 valedictorian, Siva Emani, was presented with his Presidential Scholarship Medallion at a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C. He was accompanied by his RL sponsor, Dr. Peter Hyde. Since the United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, Siva is the fourth RL boy to receive this prestigious award.


Presidential Scholarships recognize the most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. In May, Siva received word that he had been selected as one of just 104 students nationwide to receive a United States Presidential Scholarship (every year, at least one boy and one girl are selected from each state, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico).


Candidates for Presidential Scholarships are originally identified by their SAT or ACT scores, and they progress through the selection process based on an analysis of their essays, high school transcripts, recommendations from teachers, personal characteristics, leadership, service, and extracurricular activities.


At Roxbury Latin’s Closing Exercises on 3 June, just prior to presenting Siva with the William Coe Collar Award, Headmaster Kerry Brennan seized the opportunity to sing Siva’s praises: “This year’s winner is the ranking scholar in his talented class. He is a remarkable listener. He is a thoughtful questioner. He is a talented includer of others and their ideas. He is indefatigable, persistent, patient, hardworking, kind, and caring. He quivers with energy and excitement; he deflects credit and freely offers compliments to others; he offers friendship generously and collaborates with patience and delight. This is a remarkable person, a young man of unwavering integrity and noble aspirations.”


Click here to read Siva Emani’s Valedictory Address.