East County watched the school year come to a close this week, and Sahil Chandra and Lucas Bosman — named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Brentwood’s Heritage High School — made their families, teachers and community proud.
Sahil graduated with a cumulative GPA of 4.47, ranking him No. 1 for the Class of 2019. He played varsity tennis all four years of high school, serving as his team’s co-captain. He graduated as vice president of the National Honor Society and was selected as a delegate for the California American Legion Boys State for his school. He is a member of a tobacco-use prevention committee, CourAGE Youth Health Coalition, through the Contra Costa County Board of Education and has tutoried with Educated Angels. He named as two of his favorite teachers Mrs. Irwin, who taught AP U.S. History, and Mr. Valdivia, a Spanish educator.
“To be named the valedictorian of Heritage High is a great honor,” Sahil said. “I didn’t care much about the title at first, but looking back at these past four years, it feels very rewarding. I hope me getting this title proves that anyone can accomplish whatever they set their mind to. I credit my family, friends, teachers and amazing SLC for aiding my successes. Without them, my high school experience would’ve meant nothing!”
Sahil was accepted to several prestigious schools, including Stanford University, Duke, NYU, Vanderbilt, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCs Irvine and Santa Barbara, among others, but he determined the best fit is Stanford.
“We both are extremely proud of him, including his baby sister Lavanya,” Sahil’s parents, Rita and Aranesh Chandra, wrote in a letter to The Press. “Sahil has worked tirelessly in pursuit of his dreams, and the selection to be valedictorian is just the latest confirmation of his exceptionalism. We are humbled by his achievements and gratified that these honors are bestowed upon Sahil, not because of some imposed studying regiment, but because this is his core desire, his pursuit of excellence and fulfillment of his goals. He has made us all very proud and continues to do so on a daily basis. Truly blessed!”
Another exceptional student, Heritage’s salutatorian, Lucas, earned a cumulative GPA of 4.44. In addition to his participation with his school’s leadership and improv team, he served the student government as vice president for his freshman year, and was the treasurer his junior and senior years.
Throughout his educational career at Heritage, AP Art History, taught by Ms. Laprade, was Lucas’s favorite class.
“Rather than reading from a textbook, my teacher presented the art as if it were telling the stories of the past, itself,” Lucas said, noting his passion for the subject of art interpretation.
As for being named salutatorian, the graduate considered the title an enormous honor.
“Especially considering the rest of the amazing students within my graduating class who deserve recognition,” Lucas said. “My parents, teachers and friends, who have all motivated and guided my studies, have helped me the most with my academic success … It’s important to remember that titles and achievements aren’t success in and of themselves; true success is the endless path towards bettering yourself and the world around you.”
Lucas will also attend Stanford University in the fall and plans to major in art history, with the goal of becoming a professor.
“We are extremely proud of Lucas,” said his parents, Joe and Debbie Bosman. “It’s not often in life that the effort which goes into achieving a goal is measurably realized or acknowledged. We are grateful for the ability to celebrate his success and acceptance to Stanford.”