SALT LAKE CITY — Does Skyline High School senior Vikrant Ragula ever sleep?

He has a 4.0 grade point average. He’s the president or vice president of five clubs at his high school. He debates and he’s a mentor to several students. He enjoys traveling, reading, gardening and inventing.

He created a robot called PoliceBot to act as an intermediary between police and civilians at routine traffic stops intended to help enhance public safety. He’s filed three patents.

This past fall, he and his twin brother Kanishka Ragula (more about him later) actively campaigned for Granite School District’s school construction bond issue. Voters approved the $238 million bond, which includes funding to rebuild what will soon be the Ragula brothers’ alma mater, along with more than a dozen other construction projects.

Recently, he was accepted to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday night, he added another accomplishment to his resume: General Sterling Scholar of the 2018 Deseret News/KSL Sterling Scholar Program.

Ragula won the business and marketing category. His brother Kanishka Ragula, also a Skyline High senior, was runner-up in computer technology. He’s headed to Penn, too.

Despite his many accomplishments, Vikrant Ragula expressed surprise at the outcome of the evening.

“It was really surprising because I didn’t expect it. I was really surprised at the beginning when I won my category because that was unexpected. It was just nice to top it off with the general (scholarship). That is biggest highlight for me,” he said.

The 56th annual Sterling Scholar Program encourages academic excellence by awarding scholarships and publicly recognizing some of Utah’s top high school seniors.

Nominees were judged for their academic achievements as well as their leadership and service to their communities.

Sterling Scholar winners received $2,500 scholarships, and runners-up earned $1,000 each, which was provided by the Deseret News and KSL.

As the General Sterling Scholar, Ragula also won an additional $2,500 scholarship.

They also are eligible for scholarships and tuition waivers at a number of Utah colleges and universities.

Keith B. McMullin, president and CEO of Deseret Management Corp., after presenting the top award to Ragula remarked on the top-drawer character and scholarship of each of the student participants.

“Utah and this country are in good hands, don’t you think?”

More than 900 students from 79 high schools along the Wasatch Front were nominated for the honor by their respective high schools.

All participated in at least one round of judging, which determined the semifinalists. The …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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