BY BOB HARRIS
Avik Kadakia, a resident of Bellerose, is ranked number one academically out of 355 seniors in Martin Van Buren High School (MVB H.S.), Queens Village. In addition to his academic achievements, he is the current president of the student government, captain of the robotics team and a member of the School Leadership Team. In that latter role, he meets monthly with the principal, PTA president, parents and students to decide schoolwide policy, create and follow through with yearly goals and participate in new faculty hiring. He is also a College Leader and assists students with their college application processes, such as filling out financial aid, SAT and ACT forms and helping College Advisor Christine Stamberg.
Kadakia has taken Advance Placement courses in calculus, biology, English literature, English language, U.S. history and world history, as well as honors classes in English, chemistry and geometry. He has taken college courses through Syracuse University in government and economics and college courses through CUNY College Now in Electric Circuit Analysis I, Introduction to Computer Programming, Introduction to Microcomputer Applications and Introduction to Robotics and Speech 101.
All this academic knowledge has made it possible for Kadakia to be the co-captain of the robotics team in 2015 and to help build four robots in three years working with Sanjay Patel. As an officer of the Scholars Institute and ARISTA for three years he is currently Technical Designer working with Pamela Fried.
Since 2013, he has been involved with the student government with C.O.S.A. Brian Greenspan as a S.O. Representative, freshman/sophomore president, junior class president, director of technology and currently student organization president. He took part in the Long Island Hospital Peer Health Education program and brought back the knowledge he learned to teach different classes at MVB H.S. about the benefits of contraception.
He has received awards in Excellent Attendance in science, Motivated Participant in English, Leadership in Mathematics and Scholarship in the Guidance Department, Best Lighting and Sound in MVB SING 2016, College Office award for over 150 hours of community service and college office technical service award. He also had an internship at Shah and Pandya CPA, P.S. where he was an assistant accountant.
His philosophy lies in a quote by A.P.J. Abdul Kalan, past President of India, which reads, “dreams are not what you see in sleep but are the things which don’t let you sleep.”
“I would like to thank my parents, teachers and everyone who has helped me in the past four years,” said Kadakia.
Avik Kadakia has applied to schools such as City College, Stony Brook, Georgia Tech, Cornell and plans to study in the field of Machinery Vision where self-working machines study the environment and work in the environment by themselves.