The Grant Community High School January Student of the Month is senior Heli Viramgami, daughter of Alpesh and Nandita Viramgami of Round Lake.
Heli's academic achievements include induction into the National Honor Society during her sophomore year, earning her place on Honor Roll each semester, being named as an AP Scholar with Honor, she has taken 13 AP courses through senior year, and scored 1540 on the SAT. She was selected for the NLCC Leadership Conference, was named as an Illinois State Scholar, and she holds a remarkable 4.94/4.00 GPA.
Her extracurricular activities include Math Team earning a 5th place for geometry at Regionals and a State Qualifier, 9th place for algebra 2 at Regionals and a State Qualifier; FBLA-6th place at Regionals, 3rd place at State, Nationals Qualifier for personal finance; Student Council-serving as Treasurer for 2 years; Chamber Singers for 3 years, serving as assistant secretary, uniform manager, soprano section leader, and part of the Choir Leadership Team; and Soccer each year.
Heli has participated in numerous community service events through NHS such as pop-up food banks, graduation assistance, materials check-out, Fox Lake community events: Cardboard Boat Race, Holiday Crafts Service, and the Pumpkin Jubilee. She is a volunteer with the Round Lake Area Public Library. She sings with the Chamber Singers at Fox Lake community events and she assists her peers as a Math Lab Tutor.
In her spare time, Heli enjoys puzzles, music, watching horror movies, and going for bike rides. She likes learning different programing languages and has won 3rd place for We-Connect-the-Dots code-athon by coding a website that presented an innovative method for recycling plastic water bottles into 3D printing filament. She has earned a black belt in Shotokan Karate, as a two-time state champion and four-time nationals’ qualifier.
Her plans for the future include earning a degree in Computer Science. She hopes to attend either the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University, or the University of Michigan.