Equally passionate about academics, athletics, service, and leadership, Maanav graduates as an Illinois State Scholar and a member of the Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society, and National Chinese Honor Society. He also received the Dr. Larry Brown Science Award and the Senior Social Studies Award.

A native of Lockport, Maanav has been Student Council vice president, a skilled tennis player, and a key leader for several other student organizations. He plans to study mathematics and economics at the University of Chicago.

“Smart, diligent, and a connector of ideas, people, and ambitions, Maanav, like any good leader, makes sure that others get what they need as well,” French teacher Kathleen Tangel said. “Whether it is his strength of character, the barrage of multisyllabic words he can marshal to his cause, or simply the way he convinces others that they want what he wants, Maanav uses these powers in the service of good.”

Morgan Park Academy’s valedictorian is determined by cumulative high school grade-point average. To be eligible, a student must have attended the Academy for at least three years, including junior and senior years.


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