Praneel Varshney

Franklin Regional High School, 12

Shalini Varshney

Academic Achievement

First-authored research for 2023 AAHS Conference and authored 2 papers for 2022 ASA Conference, Student Researcher – 2 Years
2021 U.S. Earth Science Olympiad (USESO) National Finalist (Top 30 in nation, went to Team USA training camp), Award Recipient – 1 Year
2021 National Science Bowl Western Pennsylvania Champions and 33rd at Nationals, Captain – 1 Year
2023 National Merit Finalist / 2023 Coca Cola Scholarship Semifinalist / 2022 Atlas Fellowship Semifinalist, Award Recipient – 2 Years
5 time AIME Qualifier (2019, 2020, 2021s, 2021f, 2022) & 4 time AMC Honor Roll, Award Recipient – 4 Years

Extracurricular Activities

FRHS National Science Bowl Team. Led team to first National Qualification in school history., Captain – 4 Years
FRHS Science Olympiad Team. Recruited students to club and led bakery fundraiser. 2nd place team at 2022 SWPA Regional Competition and 3rd place team in 2023., President – 4 Years
FRHS Panther Marching Band. Marched in 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City., Pit Percussion Section Leader – 4 Years
FRHS Varsity Soccer Team. 2-time varsity letterman. 2020 WPIAL Class 3A Runner Up and 2021 WPIAL Class 3A 3rd place., Team Member – 3 Years
FRHS Varsity Tennis Team. 2021 WPIAL Class 3A Runner-up., Team Member – 4 Years

Community Involvement

MyGroundStrokes, Tennis Nonprofit. MyGroundStrokes provides inclusive tennis instruction to those with special needs or financial hardship., President – 2 Years
FRMS National Science Bowl. I mentor and stimulate the interest of middle school students in science and help them plan and prepare for the competition. The team placed 3rd in Western PA in 2022 and 2023., Founder, Mentor – 3 Years
Chinmaya Mission and Hindu Jain Temple. I teach test prep classes to middle and high school students., Volunteer – 2 Years
Westmoreland County Food Bank. I participated in food drives to collect, sort and box foods for Westmoreland county’s residents and seniors., Volunteer – 1 Year


Upon graduation from high school, I plan to further my education at a university to study computer science with a concentration on artificial intelligence. I’m deeply interested in exploring AI’s applications in other scientific fields such as medicine. While doing so, I plan to continue to serve my community and will volunteer with various organizations.