Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2022

Three seniors from Southside High School have been selected to present their research papers at the upcoming Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Shayar Joshi (left), Sam Albury (center) and Rishita Tikkala (right) will present their projects alongside graduate students, undergraduate students, and industry professionals at the annual meeting October 19-22. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Chemistry Transcending Boundaries for a Sustainable Future.” The students’ research grew out of the work they did in Southside’s IB Science courses. All three are full diploma IB students.

Shayar Joshi is currently doing an internship with Terravive, a sustainable packaging company. Joshi  works with their research and design team. He has also been a volunteer at Roper Mountain Center.

Sam Albury completed an internship through Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson this summer and is still working with Clemson professors to further the research.

Rishita Tikkala is the founder of the Diwali Food Drive Inc., a 501 c (1) which has provided over 250,000 pounds of food to local food banks. She also completed the Bank of America Internship Program this summer where she worked with United Ministries on a number of community projects.  This will be the second time Tikkala has presented at this conference.

Southside High an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in grades 9-10 and a Diploma Program in grades 11-12. Both programs emphasize critical thinking, intercultural understanding, and exposure to a variety of points of view. Diploma Program students take coursework in six different subject areas that reflect a blend of breadth and specialization, complete an in-depth research paper, take a Theory of Knowledge philosophy course, and engage in community and service projects. The IB program leads to advanced standing and college credits at the world's finest colleges and universities. 

An Open House is scheduled for Thursday October 27, 2022 at 6PM.

Shayar Joshi (left), Sam Albury (center) and Rishita Tikkala (right)
Shayar Joshi (left), Sam Albury (center) and Rishita Tikkala (right)

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