Staples names 2010 valedictorian, salutatorian
Murali will speak at the June 23 commencement, and Patrick will address the baccalaureate ceremony the night earlier.
The valedictorian, who has excelled in at science studies, is a recipient of the American Pharmaceutical Scientists First Place Award and the U.S. Biology Olympiad Physical Science Grand Prize. He has also participated in the Columbia University Science Honors Program, the Chemistry Olympiad, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where he earned the second place Grand Team Award, and the Synopsis Silicon Valley Science and Technical Fair, where he placed first.
Murali also participated in the Moody's Mega Math Challenge, the American Mathematics Competition and the American Regions Math League. He is a National Merit Scholarship winner and a Connecticut Governor's Scholar semifinalist. He has been a three-year Math Team co-captain and on the 2008 regional finalist and 2009 semifinalist teams for the Siemens competition.
He also was a staff writer and business manager for Inklings, a WWPT-FM school radio show host and a violinist during his four years at Staples. He is the founder of BooksEd, Inc., an online site for collecting donated books for schools in need, domestically and abroad. His senior internship is with the Commonfund in Wilton.
Patrick was the recipient of the Fairfield University Award for Outstanding Math and Science, the Bucknell University Book Award, the Freshman Award for Biology, Gold and Silver medals for the National Spanish Exam, and Italian 1, 2 and Spanish 2, 3, 4 and Advanced Placement Awards for Excellence. He was also the winner of the 2010 Staples Key Award, an honor for which he was nominated by the Staples faculty and selected by the senior class.
Patrick was the Class of 2010 Honor Musician and placed first in the state for musical composition in the PTA Reflections Program. He has played in the chamber and pit orchestras, was ensemble president and principal cellist for the Sophomore and Symphonic Orchestras, and was vice president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Patrick, as vice president of the National Honor Society, helped to plan and run various school service events. He has been a long-time member of the Staples Key Club and represented the school at two New England conventions. He also worked part-time at Dunkin' Donuts for more than two years, and is currently interning at the Westport public schools central offices.