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.
School: Cypress Woods High School
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.