Valley Whiz Kid Headed to College

June 11, 2009 12:00:18 AM PDT
A science whiz kid is among the Valley's newest high school graduates. Nilesh Tripuraneni received his high school diploma Wednesday from Clovis West High School, one of the Valley's most academically competitive schools. Tripuraneni is familiar with the competition. The young science whiz has won several national awards including a $5,000 prize from Intel, which he received earlier this year. The honors came from his research titled, "A Relativistic Generalization of the Navier-Stokes Equations to Quark-Gluon Plasmas." The research focused on the moments that followed the 'Big Bang.'Tripuraneni graduated with the highest G.P.A in his class Wednesday, a 4.73. Next, he's headed to Harvard. "I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to study because I don't want commit to anything too early. I just want to kind of have an interesting life. I'm just not sure exactly what I want to do," said Tripuraneni.

Still, it's probably a safe bet that future will include science. Whatever he chooses, just like the rest of his fellow Clovis West graduates, the best is surely yet to come.

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