The latest iPhone 9 features holographic high-definition images, 6G LTE speed and response to your thoughts through your brain activity. With an operating system designed by Akhil Nadendla, a Stanford graduate, this generation is clearly the most technologically advanced and reliable phone on the market.
This glimpse of the future is not as far-fetched as it sounds. In fact, Nadendla, a Casa Grande High senior, is well on his way to achieving his ambitious dreams. He is ranked No. 2 in the senior class, plays tennis and badminton, is a member of the chess club and Academic Decathlon team and has excelled in every AP class that he ever has taken, notably in math and science subjects.
<NO1>"<NO><NO1>I'<NO><NO1>m not as good at English or history but I can still manage. I'<NO><NO1>m more science oriented. I got a <NO><NO1>B<NO><NO1> once,"<NO><NO1> said Nadendla. "<NO><NO1>It was AP World History second semester."<NO><NO1>
<NO>Despite the stereotype that all top 10 students are drowning in homework and are constantly stressed by the demands of AP classes, Nadendla has coasted through high school with surprising ease.
"I do all my work, but I haven't had to try particularly hard," said Nadendla. "I don't spend an extensive amount of time studying. When I read something, I generally retain most of the information. That's definitely helped me throughout high school."
Along with his high level of innate intelligence, the encouragement of his parents, who emigrated from India, has influenced his success in high school and career ambitions.
"My parents pushed me to do well in school because in other countries there are not as many opportunities as there are here. Both of them are high achieving and went to college and graduate school," said Nadendla. "My dad's an engineer and got me interested in engineering. He pushed me to take a lot of AP classes and do well in school."
Following in the footsteps of his father, Nadendla plans to pursue a career in engineering<NO1>field, particularly mechanical or electrical engineering. This interest was piqued by his excellence in calculus and physics<NO>.
<NO1>"<NO><NO1>Calc and p<NO><NO1>hysics are not necessarily easy, but definitely interesting. I'<NO><NO1>ve always been good at math,"<NO><NO1> said Nadendla.<NO><NO1>
Calculus and p<NO><NO1>hysics teacher Rick Pillsbury agrees that Nadendla would excel in the field of engineering.
"<NO><NO1>Akhil is doing really well in both Calc BC and AP Physics," said Pillsbury. <NO><NO1>"<NO><NO1>H<NO><NO1>e is extremely bright and knows what he is doing. He likes to think of the '<NO><NO1>w<NO><NO1>hat if'<NO><NO1> questions, and doesn't want to just know the basics. He is definitely one of the advanced math and science students. When Akhil gets to college, he will be challenged and surrounded by other bright students like himself."<NO><NO1>
<NO>Nadendla hopes his hard work will pay off through an acceptance into one of California's — and one of the nation's — most prestigious universities, which will build a foundation for his future in engineering.
"I applied to Stanford for early admissions," said Nadendla, "but if I don't get in, my second choice is UC Berkeley."
<NO1>While Nadendla has had the benefit of encouraging parents, good genetics<NO><NO1>and exceptional teachers throughout his high school career, his success <NO><NO1>ultimately has been determined by his individual motivation to perform better than most of his peers.
<NO>"I think it's up to the person really. If you want to push yourself, then you're going to push yourself," said Nadendla. "If you don't really care, then you won't work hard. It is up to the individual<NO1>, it depends on how far you want to go, and what you want to do with your life.<NO>"