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The Westbury Times - Schools

Carle Place Valedictorian: Dhara Kadakia

Dhara Kadakia says she is honored to be valedictorian of the class of 2013.


“It’s great to know everything I’ve worked so hard on has come true and it’s so rewarding. I feel really special,” Kadakia said. 


On top of maintaining a 101.774 GPA, Kadakia is a three-sport athlete. She is an all-state bowler, all-county tennis player, and goalie for the lacrosse team. During high school, she was actively involved in numerous clubs. She was the president of the Diversity Club, captain of the math team, president of the Math Honor Society, and treasurer of the National Honor Society. She also plays violin in the pit orchestra.


In the fall, Kadakia will be studying pre-med at New York University. For the past three and a half years, she has gotten a glimpse into the medical world by volunteering at Winthrop University Hospital. She says her time volunteering on the child life floor has been one of the biggest highlights of her high school career. 


“Seeing these kids and brightening up their day is a good feeling,” Kadakia said. “I do whatever I need to do to put a smile on their face.”


So how does she manage sports, academics, extracurriculars and volunteering?  “A lot of people will ask how I manage my time but I do all of this during my free time. It’s all fun to me,” Kadakia said. “Being able to enjoy everything you do is the greatest thing. You don’t need free time because in your free time you’re doing what you enjoy.” 


Kadakia, who came to the district in second grade, says she has been honored with all the experiences the Carle Place school district and community have offered her. 


“I’ve taken advantage of all the experiences and learned what I want to do in the future and how to really be the best I can be in the future,” Kadakia said. “Not a lot of people get to experience so many different things and enjoy every aspect of it.”


“I’ll miss the supporting teachers, coaches, staff and friends. Teachers have become my best friends and mentors, they’ve supported me along the way and coaches have been motivating and so inspiring,” she continued. “I’m going to miss the relationships I’ve had, because they’re truly incredible.” 


Of course, her parents have been her biggest supporters. 


“Their constant support and inspiration that I can do whatever I want to do and their constant effort to push me and remind me that in everything I do I have to be happy, definitely motivates me,” Kadakia said. “I wouldn’t be able to do everything without them.”