Written by Nick Palma Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00
When you have three cousins and a brother, who all excelled at very high levels at the Mineola High School, the pressure is put on you the minute you walk through those doors for the first time in ninth-grade. “Watching them inspired me to work harder,” says this year’s Valedictorian, Sujith Maracheril. Sujith was able to sustain high grades all four years at Mineola High School, which placed him at the top of his graduating class, ultimately rewarding him with the Valedictorian award.
“Being Valedictorian means I was able to rise up to the challenge that my cousins and brother set before me. It means that I was able to forge an attitude that will enable me to work hard in the future and become a great doctor,” says Maracheril. It also means that his high school career has now come to an end and he was able to end that chapter of his life on a strong note.
Maracheril will start a new chapter of his life, as he will be attending the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education in New York City next fall, a seven-year medical program, which at the end he will become a doctor.
But Maracheril doesn’t want to forget about all the great memories he embraced at Mineola. “I think what I’ll remember most about Mineola are the teachers,” he says. “They all focus on educating us, but they do so with a welcoming approach.”
With Mineola having such a close-knit community it allows the teachers to form connections with the students. “They have successfully found the perfect blend of a teacher and a friend,” said Maracheril.
Furthermore, he considers his grandmother to be his main inspiration as he progresses towards his career path. Maracheril’s grandmother, Amma began to fall ill during his high school years until she passed away in April 2012. She started losing her memory and lost the special bond she once had with Sujith.
But Maracheril never let that bond fade away. He took it as a growing experience and aspired from her illness.
“All throughout her life, she lived for others. She truly showed me how service could change the lives of others and ultimately change my own life,” says Maracheril. “She inspired me to pursue a life in service of others, and I also obtained a growing curiosity for how the brain and body work.”
This helped Maracheril realize what career he wanted to pursue when he would graduate and go on to college. In August of 2012, he traveled to Calicut, India where he shadowed Dr. Balaji Zacharia, an orthopedic surgeon, who helped teach him what traits are important for a doctor to have.
Maracheril also does a lot more volunteer work in the medical field back at home. For six hours a week he shadows Dr. Varughese Chacko over at the medical arts and science building. He learns several medical procedures and terms and is also being taught how to use the new system most commonly known as the EMR.
While at the Mineola High School, Maracheril was involved in many after school activities. He was a member of Mathletes all four years of high school, along with joining the
Environmental Club, Literary Society, Science Club, and Brainstormers. Maracheril has also proven his leadership ability by becoming the captain of Mineola’s Challenge Team for
MSG Varsity, president of Mathletes and the Science National Honor Society, along with being a PE Leader in Mineola’s Physical Education program.
So while Maracheril has a great resume behind his back, heading into his first year of college, there is still a lot more to learn as he works on becoming a doctor. The spotlight might have shined bright on him at Mineola High School because of his academics, but there is still a lot of light to be shined on his bright future.