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May 17, 2012

Huntsville junior recognized at board meeting


One student is on the road to success.
For the first time in many years, a Huntsville High School student will be representing the school in the  University Interscholastic League's academic competition at the state level. Nayana Ramachandra, a 17-year-old HHS junior, will compete Monday and Tuesday in Austin in the UIL biology competition. 
Debbie Hightower coaches the UIL science team for the high school and said she couldn't be happier for Ramachandra.
“She got first in the biology section and we are so excited,” Hightower said. “It's been ages since somebody has gone on to the state academic meet. We all just jumped around. It's such an honor.”
Not one to hold back her emotions, Ramachandra said she became known as a bit of a screamer after learning of her win.
“I definitely screamed a lot,” she said, laughing. “It's a real honor. I can't wait to compete. I want to see if I can win against some of the biggest schools. Hopefully, I'll place first.”
Ramachandra said she plans to be a doctor one day and studying biology was a natural step in that process.
“It's what I've always wanted to do since I was little,” she said. “It's the science of life. It's really interesting how everything comes together.”
Hightower also wants to recognize the hard work of Jonathan Murphy, a 17-year-old HHS senior accepted to the University of Texas and a freshman research program.
“I was really excited,” Hightower said, of learning of Murphy's acceptance. “More than 8,000 applied and 500 to 600 got accepted, so it's such an honor. When I received the notification that he got accepted, it took all I had not to call him up and ruin the surprise for him. Both he and Nayana deserve their honors.”

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