10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, April 28, 2009
By JENNIFER DEAN
“We look for people that really strived, who might have lived lives of difficulty, but did it with joy,” said Catherine Priamos, a Poly High School junior and member of the Youth Council. “Caitlin Hutchinson excelled academically on top of sickness and becoming blind. Now she’s learning Braille and still excelling.”
Other categories included Academics, Community Service, Courage to Overcome, Acting, Citizenship, Rising Star, Fashion, Leadership, Photography/Visual Art, Performing Arts, Social Conscience, Journalism, Activism, Vocals, Civic Involvement, Most Promising Teen, Most Remarkable Teen.
Nisha Deolalikar, a senior at Poly High School, took the title of Most Remarkable Teen for her academic accomplishments and her research internships at the National Institute of Health and UC Riverside. She is also a nationally-ranked chess player, having taken first place at the Susan Polgar National Invitational and first place at the California Super State Chess Championship.
“It’s a great honor to be here among the amazing teens of Riverside,” Deolalikar said.
“My hope is that some of these incredible teens go out … they get that education and hone those talents,” said Councilmember William “Rusty” Bailey. “And then, they come back to Riverside.”