Cypress Woods Student of the Week Gaurav Lalsinghani

Cypress Woods High School junior Gaurav Lalsinghani finished as the runner-up in the Texas Citizen Bee, held May 11 in Austin. Lalsinghani had previously won the Houston Regional Citizen Bee on April 27 to qualify for the state competition.

Gaurav LalsinghaniGaurav Lalsinghani

School: Cypress Woods High School

Age: 17

Grade: 11

Accomplishments: Third place overall team at State 5A UIL Competition – Current Events and Issues; second place at state-level Texas Citizen Bee Competition; Scholastic Gold Key recipient (2011) and honorable mention (2012 and 2013); Distinguished Honor Roll through high school academic career; Salutatorian of the junior class; Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference representative; AP Scholar recognition for Spanish IV AP, Computer Science AP and World History AP; outstanding achievement in Health Science, World Geography and Spanish IV AP.

Favorite class: “I thoroughly enjoy Biology AP because it allows me to delve further into my academic interests and allows me to understand the world I live in with a new perspective.”

Favorite thing to do after class: Volunteer with National Honor Society and Key Club; participate in UIL Academics, Science Olympiad, Model UN, HOSA and Citizen Bee; read anything written by Dan Brown, Charles Dickens or J.K. Rowling; watch 30 Rock, Community, Downton Abbey and re-runs of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Favorite song: “Over the Love” by Florence and The Machine.

Favorite website: PostSecret.com. “It is a revolutionary art project, created by Frank Warren, where individuals mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard. The site offers a means of disclosure for thousands of individuals and allows people to delve further into the human connection and let go of the secrets that keep us apart.”

Favorite Movie: Life of Pi. “Because of its extraordinary story-telling and wonderful direction. Ang Lee’s masterpiece allows one to further question the role of God in our daily lives and understand our place in the universe.”

Ambition: “I hope to work for the World Health Organization, a branch of the United Nations, as a neurologist. This platform would allow me to blend my interests in foreign relations and my passion for the sciences.”

What topics/things are you passionate about? “I’m interested in the expanding fields of Neurology and Biology, but also have a passion for current events and foreign relations. I hope to apply my love for these fields and embody my love for volunteerism in a future career.”

What inspires you? “I am inspired by Mother Teresa because of her passion to serve others. Her dedication to serving the downtrodden and helping the underprivileged stands as a testament to her humility and her compassion for the human spirit, a commendable feat that has inspired millions.”

What three things can’t you live without? Family and friends; knowledge; and Chipotle.