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June 9, 2014

Leading Indian scholars have big plans

PORT NECHES — The students graduating in the top 2 percent of their class at Port Neches-Groves High School were heavily involved during their four years as Indians and are now heading to colleges all over the nation, from Beaumont to Philadelphia.

Anuj Amin, the son of Nisha and Murlidhar Amin, is headed to the University of Pennsylvania to study international relations and business. During his time at PN-G High School, Amin, 18, was a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Spanish Club, and participated in UIL Speech and Debate. Outside of school, he was involved with the India Association of Southeast Texas, Chinmaya Mission and Raas. In his spare time, Amin enjoys art, reading and gardening.

Oxserio Benites participated in a wealth of extracurricular activities during her time as an Indian, both academic and athletic. She was a member of the school’s golf, soccer, fall tennis and powerlifting teams; as well as Spanish Club, Earth Club, Key Club, Association of Indian Athletes, Texas Association of Future Educators, Health Occupations Students of America, National Honor Society, Poetry Society, and UIL Literary Criticism. Benites was involved with St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Youth Ministry, First Tee, and Southern Texas GPA Junior Golf.

Bailey Rae Dykes, 18, was president of Indian Singers and the National Honor Society at PN-G High School, as well as being a member of the varsity choir and Poetry Society. Dykes, the daughter of Rachel and James Dykes, also served as a CCD aid for three years and an altar server for nine years. Dykes’ hobbies include traveling, cooking, reading mysteries, riding her bike, and running, and she will major in speech pathology at Baylor University in Waco.

Ricky Keyes III, the son of Ricky and Jill Keyes, plans to major in electrical engineering at Lamar University. Keyes was a member of the National Honor Society and the UIL Academic Team, as well as the varsity soccer, track and cross country teams. Outside of PN-G, Keyes was involved with St. Peter Catholic Youth Ministry, a club soccer team, and the Sabine-Neches Community Advisory Panel. Keyes enjoys soccer, golf and video games.

Jacob Lefort, 18, will attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge to pursue a degree in industrial engineering. At PN-G High School, the son of Jake and Jamie Lefort was a member of Spanish Club, Key Club, Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), National Honor Society, and the Indian golf team. When not busy with these organizations or working at the Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Port Arthur, Lefort enjoys golfing, reading and spending time with his friends.

Ravali Polavarapu, 18, will head to Texas A&M University to study biomedical science. The daughter of Vani and Dr. Sreedhar Polavarapu was secretary of the National Honor Society, Indian Band section leader and historian, and the Spanish Club historian. When she wasn’t at school, Polavarapu volunteered at Baptist Hospital and the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, and was a member of the Indian Culture Center. She enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, painting, crafting and sewing.

Jared Talton, 18, plans to major in marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. The son of James and Carol Talton played football and tennis, ran track, and was involved with Prime Time and Indian Band, as well as Young Life and Southside Baptist Church youth group. Talton’s hobbies include Ultimate Frisbee, video editing and producing, sports, and computer technology.


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