Spotlight on Patriot High School
Posted on 07/10/2017
Photo of PHS Valedictorian and SalutatorianValedictorian, Rehan Chaudhry 
photo of Rehan Chaudhry
Rehan Chaudhry, Patriot High School valedictorian, recalls walking through the school hallways dreaming of becoming successful in the future, when the school custodial manager walked by with the biggest smile on his face. Chaudhry saw the manager in the same spot every day for the next week, with the same smile. At week’s end, he realized that the best measure of success was being happy, and how successful that manager was, possibly more successful than he himself would ever be because “he has more happiness than anyone I’ve seen.”

Extracurricular Activities:
Ping Pong Club
Muslim Students Association
Asian Students Association
App Club – Founder and President
GS Help – Co-Founder

Academic Achievements and Honors:
Math Student of the Year for Pre-AP Algebra 2/Trig
Summa cum Laude Scholar
Lockheed Martin CodeQuest’s Advanced Competition – Advanced Category Second Place

Community Involvement:
Volunteered at a retirement center in Manassas
Tutored Math, English, Science
University of Virginia’s Project Serve

Schools Attended:
Gainesville Middle (8th grade)

College plans:
Chaudhry plans to major in biomedical engineering and then apply to medical school. He also wants to start his own company and invest in real estate, increasing his knowledge about business and investing.


Photo of Dominic Pinnisi, SalutatorianSalutatorian, Dominic Pinnisi
Dominic Pinnisi, found his passion in life early on – space exploration. Following where this interest in space, aeronautics, and aeronautical engineering lead him he was selected to attend the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars program. Enthusiastically talking about the experience, Pinnisi states, “It was this program that truly convinced me that I wanted to spend my life working on anything related to space.” 
Extracurricular Activities:
National Honor Society
Math Honor Society – President
GS Help – Co-Founder and President
Key Club
Social Studies Honor Society
Robotics Club – Team Leader
Varsity Ice-Hockey – Team Captain

Academic Achievements and Honors:
Summa cum Laude Scholar
Governor’s School @ Innovation Park
Principal’s Honor Roll – All Four Years
Virginia Space Coast Scholars Summer Academy
Virginia Aerospace Science Technology Scholars Summer Academy

Community Involvement:

Tutored through Math Honor Society
Peer Tutoring through GSHelp
Volunteered at the Haymarket Food Pantry
Ran a food drive for the Haymarket Food Pantry
Worked concessions for booster club for ice-hockey

Schools Attended:
J.W. Alvey Elementary
Glenkirk Elementary
Gainesville Middle

College plans:
Pinnisi is attending the University of Virginia in the fall. He plans on majoring in aerospace engineering while getting a minor in entrepreneurship, and following graduation he plants to earn his Master’s Degree. Ultimately, he wants to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earn his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering so he can follow his passion for space exploration and aerospace engineering.