While Village twins Puneetha and Pavithr have a lot in common, they each tailored their high school experience to fit their individual interests.
With an undeniable passion for science and math, Pavithr was an asset to the school’s competitive academic teams. During his high school years, he served as a club member and organizer for 3 years for both the Science National Honor Society as well as the Quiz Bowl Club. Not surprisingly, Pavithr was recognized as a National Merit Finalist his senior year, receiving a scholarship and prestigious recognition for academic excellence. During his sophomore year, Pavithr also had the opportunity to visit CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), the European organization for nuclear research. Along with 15 other students and 2 science teachers, he flew to Switzerland on a school expedition to visit the research facility. “I was wowed by the experiments and discoveries that were made at CERN, but visiting the research facility in person blew my mind. The great amount of revolutionary scientific discoveries and advancements was astonishing,” recalls Pavithr.
Meanwhile, Puneetha’s Village experience looked vastly different, but equally impressive. Passionate about ending teen tobacco use, senior Puneetha G. was involved in a variety of initiatives to curb teen vaping throughout Houston. She worked with ASPIRE to create posters, spread advocacy, and give presentations to teens on the dangers of vaping. Her junior year, she was accepted into UT MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Summer Experience Program. During this 10-week program, Puneetha worked on a cancer prevention team, studying nicotine addiction and its negative impacts on brain development. Puneetha recognizes the impact of this internship, reflecting “Through working alongside leaders in science, my internship further motivated me to pursue a career in medicine and research.”
Despite their different high school trajectories, Puneetha’s hopes of studying medical research and Pavithr’s plan to study biology and become a sports surgeon will both be pursued at Rice University, as the twins are continuing their education together at this top school, ranked 13 in the US and known for excellence in research.