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Meet the Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

May 29, 2019

Priya Ganesh and Alexandra "Sasha" He: Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Priya Ganesh and Sasha He Priya Ganesh and Alexandra "Sasha" He will address their classmates as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at the Radnor High School Class of 2019 commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 12 at the Finneran Pavilion at Villanova University.
The accomplished seniors tout a litany of achievements and accomplishments, including shared success as 2019 National Merit Scholarship finalists.

Learn more about these outstanding students below.

Priya Ganesh, Valedictorian 

Priya Ganesh is co-president of the Radnor High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club and, in this role, previously placed second in "Introduction to Financial Math" at the National Leadership Conference in 2017. She is also president of the Radnor Hi-Q team, which finished the 2019 season second in Delaware County, and plays clarinet in the RHS band. She has participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) band festivals at the district, regional and state level.

Priya earned the Harvard University Book Award her junior year, presented to the outstanding student in the junior class who combines excellence in scholarship with achievement in other fields. She was also a recipient of a Middlebury College German Award and the Rensselaer Medal Award.

Priya is the president of the RHS math club, and enjoys competing in math competitions as a member of the Lehigh Valley Math Team. She has participated in competitions such as the American Regions Math League competition and the Harvard-MIT Math Tournament. Her proudest accomplishment is qualifying for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME) all four years of high school.

She is a four-year member of the varsity girls tennis team, a member of the National Honor Society, and she volunteers as a tutor outside of school.
Priya plans to to study chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Alexandra "Sasha" He, Salutatorian 

Alexandra "Sasha" He is section leader and principal cellist in the Radnor High School orchestra and has represented the school in a variety of festivals, including the PMEA District 12, Region 6 and All-State Orchestra Festivals. She was also selected by audition to the National Association for Music Education's All-National Honors Ensemble in 2017 and 2018 and will travel to Berlin, Edinburg, London, Amsterdam and Hamburg as a member of the U.S. National Youth Orchestra this summer. In addition, she was a 2018 and 2019 YoungArts Foundation Award Winner in the Classical Music Category. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Annenberg Science Symposium.

She earned the Yale University Book Award her junior year, presented to a student with outstanding character and intellectual promise who is active in extracurricular activities. She also received a Middlebury College German Award. 

During her sophomore year, Sasha was one of just 44 students from the United States awarded an all‐expenses‐paid summer study trip to Germany after scoring in the 96th percentile on the Level 3 of the 2017 National German Exam for High School Students sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German.
Sasha hopes to pursue a career that combines her two passions: science and music. She plans to attend Columbia University and the Juilliard School through the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange.