A dedicated and well-rounded student, Hena Patel ‘23 has been selected as February Senior of the Month.
Aside from excelling in academics, Patel participates on the Edison girls golf team where she serves as this year’s varsity captain.
“Golf is a great part of me that has shaped me to who I am today. I might not get the best scores, but I hold the team near and dear to my heart, and I’m so proud to see the team grow every year,” said Patel.
Patel is also the Public Relations manager of Rotary Club as well as Co-President of Library Council.
“Being in the library for almost half the day really gives me the time to work with books and show appreciation to the library through bake sales and small events,” said Patel.
Furthermore, Patel explains her love for reading, one of the main reasons why she joined the library council. She enjoys reading in different medias, such as e-books and screenplays.
“I just read a lot. It’s one of the most important parts of my schedule every day, to just come home, curl up in bed and read to my heart’s content,” said Patel.
I’m going to miss having those kinds of teachers who make school a place that students want to grow, learn, and smile in after reaching milestones, whether it’s from playing the bagpipes on St. Patrick’s day, or wearing full holiday themed suits before winter break.”
— Hena Patel '23
As Patel looks back on her EHS journey, she recalls one of her favorite memories was the last day of her junior year. She and her friends had gone to help her teacher empty her old papers, which turned into a game of shooting crumpled balls of paper into the garbage can. She notes the enjoyment she felt not just from having fun on the last day of school, but having teachers that help make the strenuous moments of the year worth it.
“I’m going to miss having those kinds of teachers who make school a place that students want to grow, learn, and smile in after reaching milestones, whether it’s from playing the bagpipes on St. Patrick’s day, or wearing full holiday themed suits before winter break,” said Patel.
Patel plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in aerospace engineering. She hopes to eventually work at companies like Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
With every new feeling of things getting harder, you have to remember how much you actually achieved before and reach small milestones like that again.”
— Hena Patel '23
Patel plans on making the most of senior year, such as working to finalize the Rotary annual beach clean up in June. She hopes to make lots of memories throughout the rest of the year and into the summer before she goes to college.
Before she leaves the nest, Patel wishes to give some advice for the underclassmen.
“You will always look back at their previous year and say ‘Oh that was actually really easy, I don’t know why we struggled that much.’ But, that is a huge sign of growth. It means you were challenged, then you learned, then succeeded,’” says Patel. “With every new feeling of things getting harder, you have to remember how much you actually achieved before and reach small milestones like that again.”