Community & School Service:
First United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen
Habitat for Humanity
Middle School Volunteer Outreach
Honors & Awards:
National Merit Finalist
AP Scholar with Distinction
Perry Clanton Memorial Scholarship
UGA Baldwin Scholarship
2014 SHS STAR Student
2014 Bulloch County STAR Student
2013-2014 President National Honor Society
Statesboro High School
Class of 2014
Parents: Dr. Sudhir K. Aggarwal
& Mrs. Neelam Aggarwal
Nidhi Aggarwal made the highest grade of any student in Bulloch County on the SAT exam with a score of 2280 out of a possible 2400. Her scores were perfect in math and in writing. She had a 4.0 average throughout high school, and was joint enrolled at Georgia Southern during her senior year, completing in advance her freshman year of college. She took five AP classes in high school becoming a Scholar with Distinction. All of her hard work began before she and her family moved to Statesboro in 2012.
Nidhi spent two years at a private high school, Zavier College Prep, in Arizona before moving to Statesboro. She said, "It was a hard experience, very rigorous academically, but it was also a Catholic school. I learned to be genuinely thankful for everything. I consider that one of my biggest achievements. It has paid off and will help me in the future as well."
She admits that one of her greatest challenges was the culture shock she experienced moving from Phoenix to Bulloch County. "It was a huge abrupt change," she said, "I left many good friends behind. There was emotional stress, but it did allow us to bond as a family, especially with my sister Neha, sharing the challenges we have all overcome in adjusting to a smaller community."
Just as Nidhi was adjusting, Statesboro High School was adjusting to her. She credits principal Marty Waters with helping her make the transition, "Dr. Waters was a phenomenal principal," she said. "I have attended six different schools and he was the best. He devoted his own time and administrators and counselors to create the rigor I was accustomed to."
While raising the academic bar at school, Nidhi also volunteered at East Georgia Regional Medical Center for four hours a week. This summer she will be spending time in the Pain Management area. She started with clerical work and will advance to patient interaction.
Nidhi has been accepted into the University of Georgia Honors Program and received a Baldwin Scholarship based on her academic merit. She plans to study to be a physician like her dad. "I talked to a lot of doctors," she said, "and they all told me to apply to many medical schools and be glad to get into one."
With her records of scholastic achievement and community service, Nidhi would be a model student for any school. What message would she share with others about succeeding? "My biggest hope for my generation is - don't take anything for granted. I hope we can rekindle the magic from when we were little and all was awe. As we move forward we can appreciate what we are and the people that helped us to get there. That's something to keep in mind no matter where you are in life."