Class of 2021 Valedictorian and Salutatorian: Brendan Hung and Richa Kuklani
June 4, 2021
Congrats to the Class of 2021 Valedictorian Brendan Hung and Salutatorian Richa Kuklani!
Brendan Hung and Richa Kuklani will address their classmates as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, during the Radnor High School Class of 2021 Commencement on June 16 at 4 p.m. at Villanova University Stadium. The accomplished seniors tout a litany of achievements and accomplishments.
Brendan Hung, Valedictorian
Brendan Hung founded the Homeless Youth Project (HYP) in December 2013 while in 5th-grade. Inspired by a visit to a local shelter as part of research on a school project on homelessness, Brendan began what would become HYP by collecting socks and other necessities to provide 20 "support kits" to the shelter. HYP is now a nonprofit organization that has donated more than 100,000 essential items to homeless youth shelters. For his work on HYP, Brendan earned the President's Volunteer Service Award Gold Medal and was a Prudential Spirit of Community Award State Honoree.
Brendan is a Congressional Award Gold Medalist, the highest honor bestowed by U.S. Congress for young Americans awarded for initiative, service and personal achievement, and a winner of the Widener University High School Leadership Award, presented to the region's best and brightest future leaders. His work in the Fine Arts earned him first and second place awards for submissions in the Congressional High School Art Competition as well as overall best in show at the Philadelphia Classical Society Latin Week Competition.
Brendan is a National Advanced Placement Scholar; a four-time class president; and has earned numerous awards from Radnor High School. He earned a perfect score on both the National Latin Exam and the Medusa Mythology Exam and participated in Model United Nations and the Radnor Honor Council during his time at RHS.
Brendan plans to attend Harvard College this Fall.
Richa Kuklani, Salutatorian
Richa Kuklani has participated in a range of Radnor High School clubs and activities, including as president of the USA Biology Olympiad Club, president of the Amnesty International Club, and a member of the Annenberg Science Symposium, Model Congress, the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the Spanish Service Club, and the swim team.
Richa has earned numerous awards, including the Society of Women Engineers: Highest Honor Award, Silver and Bronze medals in the National Spanish Exam, and first place in Regionals for FBLA in Business Ethics and Emerging Business Issues. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and a National Merit Scholarship finalist.
Richa plays piano, violin, saxophone, clarinet, xylophone and marimba and can speak Sindhi, Hindu, and Spanish. She has interned for Temple University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Jeanes Hospital. She currently serves as director of operations for iCure Health, where she has worked to develop iCure chapters in various colleges through contact with undergraduate and high school students. She also writes for Project STEMinist and is a youth council member at Empowering Youth Exploring Justice (EYEJ) based in Cleveland.
Richa plans to attend Georgetown University this fall.