Meet HHS Class of 2020 Valedictorian Sejal Gupta

Meet HHS Class of 2020 Valedictorian Sejal Gupta
Posted on 06/15/2020
Congratulations to Hicksville High School senior Sejal Gupta for being named Class of 2020 Valedictorian.

In addition to being named Valedictorian, Sejal has also been named a National Merit Commended Scholar and earlier this year was named a Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) Semifinalist and a Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) Finalist for her project to develop an algorithm for detecting walking patterns in patients with injuries to lower extremities. She also won first place at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair and won a gold medal at the Al Kalfus Math Fair for her research.

Early on, Sejal realized her passion for STEM and has taken her interest to the highest of levels. In the eighth grade, Sejal founded a program called the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Cafe to cultivate young children’s interest in technology and enterprise. She has spent 20 Sundays each of the last five years teaching students in grades kindergarten to eight about topics such as programming, breadboarding, prototyping and startup environment and continued teaching remotely through the pandemic quarantine. With over 1,000 hours dedicated to the Cafe, Sejal was named a Coca Cola Scholarship semifinalist for her volunteer work and leadership.

Sejal has participated in multiple internships in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, including one that earned her a Presidential Service Silver Medal.

At Hicksville High School, Sejal has also served as secretary of the Science Olympiad team, the head of business for the robotics team and a delegate for Model United Nations. In the Science Olympiad competitions, she captured various medals in events such as Circuit Lab, Forensics and Protein Modeling.

Sejal is also a member of multiple honor societies and the president of the Math Honor Society. She is the president of the Hicksville Girls in Engineering and Mathematics program at the Hicksville Public Library, which aims to introduce middle school girls to STEM through a free summer camp. Sejal was also honored as a U.S. Presidential Scholar semifinalist.
In addition to academics, Sejal is the captain of the varsity golf team and in her spare time is a mixed martial arts competitor in Brazilian jiu jitsu and has won various titles in both kickboxing and grappling. 

"My academic and personal journey would not be possible without the support and guidance I received at Hicksville High School,” Sejal said. “My teachers and guidance counselor encouraged my research endeavors and helped me find new opportunities to explore my interests. School extracurriculars such as Science Olympiad and Robotics allowed me to immerse myself in an environment with like minded peers who were also interested in STEM. I really appreciate how the school helps and encourages students to pursue their dreams. Most of all, Hicksville High School provided a strong community of peers who I could learn and grow with. The friendships I have made in here will stay with me throughout my journey in college and beyond."

Sejal will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she will study computer science and computer engineering and business management. Following through with her Regeneron research, she hopes someday to start a biotech company that will provide prosthetics to help individuals walk through life comfortably and happily. 

“I am personally very proud of Sejal for all her accomplishments and her reputation of just being a nice person to everyone,” said Sejal’s guidance counselor at Hicksville High School, Patricia Lozoya. “She continues to improve herself and will soon become a respected professional in her future career field. With her drive and determination, she will not only thrive but will also become well known in her field for her innovation and creativity. I cannot wait to see her shine for the world.”