As the Briarcliff High School Class of 2016 prepares to graduate, as do its three most distinguished students: Valedictorian Feroze Mohideen, and Salutatorians Emma Burns and Aishwarya Sritharan. These incredible students excelled and demonstrated their talent in both academia as well as in their countless co-curricular activities and passions.
Feroze Mohideen, the Valedictorian of the Class of 2016, has worked tirelessly over the last four years to become Briarcliff’s preeminent academic cynosure. In addition to excelling in every rigorous class he takes, Feroze participates in Mathletes, and is a part of Student Government, Academic Challenge, and the French Club. In the athletic world, he plays tennis and runs track. He plans on studying biomedical engineering in college. As advice to future students, Feroze recommends that everyone should follow their dreams (one of his becoming a member of Girl Up). “In the words of Shia Labeouf, ‘Just do it’,” says Feroze.
Aishwarya Sritharan, Co-Salutatorian, not only participates in the Math Honors Society, Writer’s Circle, and Briars and Ivy (Briarcliff High School’s literary magazine), but volunteers at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library. “I encourage all to take advantage of [Briarcliff’s] classes, and to participate as much as you can.” Her countless accomplishments and impeccable academic record will leave a lasting legacy here at Briarcliff.
Emma Burns, Co-Salutatorian, is the president of the National Honors Society, as well as a member of the Math Honors Society, and the National Honors Society of Dance. She runs the Middle School Dance Club, and dances competitively in Irish Dance. She also volunteers at the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and hopes to become a certified EMT over the summer. She is attending Duke University next year, where she aspires to complete a pre-med program. She plans on majoring in Biology and minoring in History. “ [Students] should definitely focus on school as their number one priority, but also enjoy the other aspects of high school, whether they be athletic, social, or extracurricular,” says Emma.
Feroze Mohideen, Aishwarya Sritharan, and Emma Burns have excelled in every aspect of high school, in the classroom, on the field, and in our community. They have made an impact on our school and throughout Briarcliff that will be remembered for years to come.