Marjory Stoneman Douglas Student Named Sunshine State Scholar
Arya Gujarathi {Courtesy Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School}

By Agrippina Fadel

Arya Gujarathi, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School junior, has been named a Sunshine State Scholar. One of only two students receiving the honor in Broward County.

Arya will join the two-day Florida Department of Education program in Orlando on April 13 – 15.

According to Arya’s Math teacher, Chung-Chiang Feng, Gujarathi was surprised when he received the email about the award. “He felt he didn’t have as qualified of an application as others. Ultimately, he was happy to receive it and thankful to his school and teachers for supporting him.”

He added that Gujarathi was a pleasure to have in class, that he is very bright and carries the drive to be the best that he can be, adding that Arya consistently scores one of the highest on the AP Calculus and AP Physics C tests and is never afraid to ask questions in class.

Born in Coral Springs, Arya moved to Parkland when he was six. At Park Trails Elementary School, he was placed in the gifted program, where he was offered advanced content and learned at an accelerated pace.

Arya had the highest points of all the candidates for the Sunshine State Scholar program at MSD this year, accumulated after each student participated in courses, activities, and competitions in Math and Science.

Ran by the Florida Department of Education, the Sunshine State Scholars program invites each of Florida’s school districts to select their top 11-grade students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

All selected scholars are invited to Orlando for the program designed to connect students around the state with employers specializing in the STEM fields and create a networking opportunity between the scholars and schools from Florida’s College and State University System.

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Arya Gujarathi {Courtesy Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School}

Mr. Feng added that the Sunshine State Scholar title would allow Arya to connect with local colleges and employers, learn about internship opportunities and build important connections that would benefit his academic and professional career.

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Agrippina Fadel
Agrippina Fadel
Agrippina Fadel grew up in Siberia and received her master's in journalism from Tyumen State University. Agrippina is also a writer and editor at She has been a US resident for over ten years and speaks English and Russian.
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