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Ganesan earns national placement award

Bharath Ganesan, a senior at Farragut High School, won the Siemens National Advanced Placement Award, the school recently announced.

The award is given to students who have scored highly on the advanced placement national exams. Ganesan was one of more than 300,000 students who took the advanced placement exams in math and science.

Ganesan said he was surprised at his placement.

“You know how good you are at your school, but as far as the state goes, you have no idea,” he said.

“I’ve always felt that the opportunities at Farragut really allowed me to do whatever I wanted and to be a great student and to really challenge myself as far as course selection goes,” he said.

The Siemens Foundation awards scholarships for up to 100 students (potentially one female and one male in each state) who have earned the greatest number of grades of five on the following AP courses: Biology, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science AB, Environmental Science, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechancis, and Statistics. Students who obtained a grade of five on at least three advanced placement course national exams are considered for the Siemens awards and scholarship money.

Ganesan will receive a $2,000 college scholarship for his achievement on these exams. He has taken 11 advanced placement courses while at FHS. His favorite was calculus, followed by a chemistry class.

“I think the teacher [calculus teacher John Beckett] that I had just really had fun instead of just taught the material,” he said.

“I’ve declared to Vanderbilt right now, and am still on the waiting list for Princeton and Harvard,” he added, admitting his preference is Princeton.

“I’ve always had a thing for Princeton as a place that undergraduates can learn,” he said.

At this point, he said he doesn’t have a lot of hope of being admitted.

Princeton, he said, didn’t admit anyone off the waiting list last year. He doesn’t expect it to be different this year.


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