Madison teen graduating high school, Holmes
Madison native Shreenithi Lakshiminarayanan is no stranger to success and is already ahead of the curve. In May of 2022, she will earn her diploma from Germantown High School and, shortly thereafter, her Associate of Arts degree from Holmes Community College thanks to the Dual Enrollment program.
The Dual Enrollment program allows high school students to get a head start on their college career by earning college credit prior to graduation from high school. Shreenithi began taking dual enrollment classes through Holmes in the eighth grade.
The daughter of Lakshminarayanan Vaidyanathan and Sripriya Sairam, Shreenithi holds a perfect 4.0 GPA as well as a perfect ACT score of 36. In 2020 she participated in Holmes’ Creative Writing Contest where she won multiple awards including: first place in the Drama Category for “Plague Year,” second place in Poetry for “Constancy” and Honorable Mention in Personal Essay for “Quantum Entanglement.”
Shreenithi is active on campus at Germantown High School as a member of the Science Olympiad Club, Mu Alpha Theta national mathematics honor society and Beta Club. She was also one of the four finalists in the National Personal Finance Challenge, which showcases high school students’ ability to manage their finances.
In addition, Shreenithi also participated in the Nanoparticles and Bioengineering Lab Summer Research Experience at the University of Mississippi this summer under Dr. Eden Tanner. The experience gave her the chance to work in a collaborative research environment, learn how to make and test nanoparticles and ionic liquids and work in a team with other scientists, including Dr. Tanner.
Upon graduation from Germantown and Holmes in 2022, Shreenithi will pursue a degree in either chemistry, biochemistry or computer science, which she is majoring in at Holmes. She is undecided which university she will transfer to.
“I’ve taken the majority of my dual enrollment classes on campus at Holmes,” Shreenithi said, “and it has been a wonderful experience. I’ve had opportunities that I wouldn’t have had in high school alone, such as the opportunity to take Calculus I-IV and Differential Equations. The courses at Holmes also introduced me to some experiences that gave me a better idea of what I might want to do one day.
“I encourage other students to consider taking dual enrollment courses if they are willing to work hard and are passionate about what they are pursuing,” Shreenithi said. “Anyone can do it if they just have the motivation to follow through.”