Maple Grove, MN — June 19, 2018 – Parnassus Preparatory School student Pranav Rupireddy was honored twice by the Minnesota Department of Education for outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarship at the recent Minnesota Scholars of Distinction’s award program. Rupireddy was one of 53 Minnesota high school students recognized as among Minnesota’s finest STEM and fine arts students.
The Minnesota Department of Education’s Scholars of Distinction program recognizes students in the areas of science, STEM, mathematics, social studies, leadership, and theater arts. Students are reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts who review student work for mastery of complex subject matter and how it is applied to a challenging project.
“Pranav is an outstanding all-around student and scholar whose natural curiosity, keen intellect and drive will take him far,” said Parnassus Executive Director Constance Ford. “His love of science and ability to apply scientific processes and research on a practical level to a complex issue like Parkinson’s disease are well deserving of this recognition.”
Rupireddy’s project, Untangling Parkinsonian Dynamics: Analyzing Spatio-Temporal Neural Spiking Patterns Under Second-Order Network Structures in Parkinsonian-like Networks was honored with both a STEM Scholar of Distinction and a Science Meritorious Performance award. Rupireddy was one of four students who received honors in two categories.
“In ancient Greece, Mount Parnassus was home of the Muses who were the emissaries of literature, the sciences, and the arts,” Ford said. “Pranav’s award recognizes his educational quest of Mount Parnassus and finding great things through focused, classical study.”