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Valedictorian: Dhruv Shah

Druv Shah, the Valedictorian for the senior class, has come a long way in his high school career. He has gone through his fair share of struggles, but in the end, it paid off. His journey has seen him change from stressing over the smallest things to now not only being the Valedictorian, but also a “chill” person. Shah’s journey is an example of how change can be good.

Photo Courtesy of Dhruv Shah

What advice would you give to younger students?

Be yourself. As cliche as that sounds, one of my greatest struggles in high school was figuring out who I am and who I want to be. The earlier you can be confident in yourself, the more you can achieve. Whether it be making friends or finding what you’re passionate about, staying true to yourself is the most important thing you can do for yourself.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a freshman, what would it be?

I would tell my freshman self to just chill. I was stressing myself out about grades and classes and studying and I wish I had more of a balance in my life. I now have learned that my sleep and social life are just as important as getting good grades.

Who inspired, encouraged, or guided you throughout your journey at NBTHS?

I have to say that I have been so fortunate with the amazing teachers I’ve had throughout my four years at NBTHS. All of them have shaped who I am today. One in particular, Ms. Pendleton, has really encouraged and supported me in everything I do and my high school experience would not have been the same without her.

What are your goals during and after college?

My goals for college are just to live my best life and make the most of life. This year especially, I have realized how quickly time flies by and I really want to make the most of my time at Georgetown. For after college, my goals are to find something that I’m passionate about and make that my work.

What college are you planning to attend and what will be your major?

I will be attending Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and my intended major is International Political Economy. Hoya Saxa!

What inspired you to want this honor of Valedictorian in the school?

To be honest, I never really wanted to be Valedictorian. I was raised in a household that really valued academics and education and so I have this intrinsic motivation to do well in school. Now that I am Valedictorian, I’m just so grateful for the teachers throughout my academic career and the opportunities I’ve had because of them, my friends, and my family.

Do you regret NOT doing anything in life so far?

I regret not being a bit more rebellious. I am a type A, rule-follower and I wish I lived my life in a more “YOLO” way.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In an ideal world, I see myself working in politics, whether on Capitol Hill or at a non-profit, trying to make this country a better place (as corny as that sounds). However, I also know that I don’t know exactly what life has in store for me and I’m excited for the ride.

What was your favorite memory of your time at NBTHS?

My favorite memory of my time at NBTHS was going to Columbia University for a Model UN conference during my sophomore year. I had such a fun time staying in Times Square and competing with the best of the best with my friends.

What struggles did you have getting to where you are in life now?

I’m very privileged to say that I haven’t had many major struggles in my life. Yes, I’ve had my fair share of all-nighters and times when I just want to drop out but I’m so grateful to have a great amount of support from my family and teachers who kept me going.


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