Spotlight on Potomac High School
Posted on 07/17/2017
Potomac HS Logo and 2017 Class Valedictorian

Valedictorian, Yaman Shrestha  Picture of Yaman Shrestha

The Potomac High School Valedictorian, Yaman Shrestha, says his time as a student at the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park was a phenomenal experience that allowed him to grow and challenge himself in new ways. He explored an interest in STEM and was inspired by meeting and working with other students who were passionate about STEM and related subjects. “I was also able to indulge and really dive into research and innovation. Such an interactive learning experience allowed me to implement what I learned in the class and to blend my own curiosity and passion,” Shrestha said.


Extracurricular Activities:
VEX Robotics – President, Team Captain, and Head Engineer
Hardware Club
National Honor Society
Academic Team
Varsity Cross Country
Junior Varsity Soccer 

Academic Achievements and Honors:
Virginia Space Coast Scholar
Virginia Space Coast Scholars Summer Academy – Mission Manager
Summer Residential Governor’s School of Math, Science, and Technology
Governor’s School @ Innovation Park
Junior year research project – Project AVVA (Aerial Vehicle-Vehicle Avoidance)
Senior year research project – The Search for Treasure: Autonomous Exploration with Swarm Robotics
Academic Letter
Third Place Regional Science Fair 2014 – Experiment: The Effect of Type of Exercise on Cognitive Brain Functions
Third Place Regional Science Fair 2017 – Experiment: Autonomous Exploration with Swarm Robotics
Youth Salute Nominee for Potomac High School
VEX Robotics Judges Award – 2013 & 2016

Community Involvement:
Volunteered at temple and organized religious events
Tutored students in Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics
Volunteered at a senior citizen dance
Raised money and volunteered at a 5K Race for a deceased Potomac High School teacher
Volunteered at the Nolman M. Cole, Jr. Pollution Control Plant in the IT Department 

Schools Attended:
Elizabeth Vaughn Elementary
Rippon Middle 

College plans: 
This fall, Shrestha will be attending the University of Virginia and plans to study computer engineering and computer science.