Surya Sawhney, son of Rajeev and Sabhita Sawhney, was recognized by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for outstanding academic achievement at the 11th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony April 27 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.
The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association and its title sponsor the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, honored 435 high school seniors from throughout Iowa.
Each high school was invited to select their senior student or students with the highest academic ranking, based on grade point average for their first seven semesters. Students selected for the award also had the opportunity to recognize their favorite or most influential teacher and will receive a photo plaque of their meeting with the governor and lieutenant governor.
Surya is also a district Tennis champion and performed at the the Iowa High School Speech Association Festival as a senior. During his high school career he has also won science fair awards.