Walt Whitman High School 2017 Salutatorian

“Since there are some many different backgrounds and cultures, [at Walt Whitman High School] everyone offers a unique and different perspective, so I can always learn something new.” – Karthi Mayilvahanan
“Since there are some many different backgrounds and cultures, [at Walt Whitman High School] everyone offers a unique and different perspective, so I can always learn something new.” – Karthi Mayilvahanan

With a major in Psychology and minor in math you may be wondering what our Walt Whitman Salutatorian Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan will be up to when he attends Stony Brook University next fall. Rest assured this young man has a plan, and our inclusive community has opened many doors to this future doctor. “My dad has always said to me, “learn something new every day,” and my Mom has always told me, “always give my best at everything I do.” When you come from a highly supportive family, mixed with a diverse community with which to draw your experiences from, no matter what ‘Karthi’ ends up doing, he undoubtedly will be successful.  “The diverse community here at Whitman is what has impressed me the most,” said our overachieving senior.  “Everyone is very accepting of each other, and since there are some many different backgrounds and cultures, everyone offers a unique and different perspective, so I'm always learning something new.”

Karthi has participated in varsity track, tennis and fencing. He is also a member of the Mathlete team, the Studio Recording & Engineering Club, National Honor Society, and the SAT/ACT Scholars Club. He is a LI Science and Engineering Fair winner, and a New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence winner. Even outside of school Karthi is busy volunteering. His love for Karate, Karthi is a degree or two from a Kempo Black Belt, has him teaching youngsters this hard-hitting form of Karate. He is equally at home in the water, having taught swimming at the YMCA.  Karthi volunteers at Huntington Hospital, as well as at the South Huntington Library, all offering rich and rewarding experiences for which this young man draws upon.

His music varies from Classical to Rap. “I’m always open to learning something new,” said Karthi. “My Dad, who is a research scientist at Rutgers University, always emphasized that in me. This Salutatorian award is important to me, but it’s more important for my parents, especially my Mom. They have worked very hard and have been very supportive in getting me to where I am today.”

Congratulations to Walt Whitman 2017 Salutatorian Karthikeyan Mayilvahanan…and his family.