Jonathan Law High of Milford's class leaders

MILFORD – Mr. Fran Thompson, Principal of Jonathan Law High School, is pleased to announce Bhaswati Chattopadhyay will serve the Class of 2012 as their valedictorian and Shelja Patel will serve as salutatorian.  Biographical information for both women appears below. 


Bhaswati Chattopadhyay

Bhaswati Chattopadhyay, daughter of Bhaskar and Minu Chattopadhyay, is the top student in the Class of 2012 at Jonathan Law, with a GPA of 4.31.  Ranking first in the highly competitive class of 236, Bhaswati completed 15 honors level courses as well as eight Advanced Placement (AP) courses throughout her career at Law. 

Ms. Chattopadhyay has received many academic awards throughout her career at Jonathan Law. She received academic medals for excellence in AP English Literature, AP U.S. History, and AP Government and Politics.  She was named an AP Scholar with Honors by the College Board in 2011.  Bhaswati is a CAPT scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. 

In addition to school-based awards, Ms. Chattopadhyay received the Yale Book Award and the Princeton Book Award and was named a Connecticut Governor’s Scholar semi-finalist.  She was recently invited by the New Haven Register to attend the Youth of the Year award ceremony.

In addition to her academic work, Bhaswati has provided hundreds of hours of service for her school and her community. She served as the Vice President  of the Natural Helpers Club, as well as President of the Keyette Club at the school.  She also volunteered as a mentor for the past three years at Meadowside School in their after-school homework club.  As an extension of these good works out into the community, Bhaswati created and conducted a summer program designed to teach 21st century skills to stay-at-home mothers in her community.

Ms. Chattopadhyay will be attending Boston University in the fall where she has been awarded a Dean’s Scholarship.  She plans to major in Computer Science.


Shelja Patel

Shelja Patel, daughter of Sanjay and Alpa Patel, will serve the Class of 2012 at Jonathan Law High School as the Salutatorian.  Ms. Patel ranked second in a class of 236 with a GPA of 4.17.  During her career at Law, Ms. Patel completed 13 honors level courses, as well as 9 Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  A CAPT scholar, Ms. Patel has received many academic honors during her time at Law, including the several medals for excellence in a variety of subjects, including the Latin medal for 4 years in a row.  In 2011, she was designated an AP Scholar with Honors by the College Board.  She was the recipient of the Harvard Book Award and received an honorable mention for the Princeton Book Award.

Ms. Patel has been a steadfast volunteer at school and in the community, amassing more than 500 hours of volunteer service during her time in high school.  Part of her service included volunteering at the Milford Library, the Milford Senior Center, and the Milford Animal Shelter.  She also served as a mentor at the Meadowside Elementary School after-school homework club for student in grades 3-5.  She also served as a volunteer at the annual Relay for Life event. 

Volunteer time spent at school included her affiliation with the Multicultural Club, the Keyette Club, and the Homework Club. She also was a contestant in the Miss India Pageant.

Ms. Patel will be attending Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in the fall where she plans to major in pharmaceutical studies.


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