Three RCDS Seniors Named Presidential Scholar Candidates

Charumathi Badrinath '20


Jacob Oddi '20


Aaron Serianni '20

Congratulations to Charumathi Badrinath '20, Jacob Oddi '20, and Aaron Serianni '20 who were named candidates in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars program, which recognizes the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

"Charumathi, Jacob, and Aaron are outstanding students. We are extremely proud of their academic achievements and their leadership at school and in their local communities. They are exemplary models of the RCDS commitment to excellence and service." —Headmaster Scott Nelson

Charumathi Badrinath is a dedicated scholar and innovative thinker who excels and leads in her academic and extra-curricular work. When she graduates from RCDS, Charumathi will have taken 12 AP courses and exams. Focused on computer science, she completed a summer internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering where she developed a program for plotting cancer cell data. Charumathi is the Squad Leader of the RCDS Fencing Team, and she was a public purpose driven Community Engagement Fellow.

Jacob Oddi's notable academic success at RCDS will include eight Honors/Advanced and seven AP courses by graduation. A skilled athlete and a leader among his peers, he is captain of the RCDS Varsity Hockey team. Combining his athletic interests with an active commitment to service, Jacob also volunteers with a special needs skating program in Bridgeport, CT.

Aaron Serianni is an accomplished student with excellent achievements in mathematics and the sciences, humanities, and classics. He will graduate from RCDS having taken 11 AP courses and exams. He is also captain of the cross-country team. Participating in an eight-week wilderness program in New Zealand, Aaron is an adventurous learner who always strives to discover his next level of achievement.

Charumathi, Jacob, and Aaron are three of approximately 4,000 candidates selected from millions of U.S. high school seniors. In April, approximately 800 semi-finalists will be selected by a panel of educators. In May, the Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by the President, will select up to 161 scholars.