A Sycamore High School senior was just named a 2022 Straight “A” Scholarship recipient by the Anthony Munoz Foundation.
Deeya Prakash is one of 18 students in the Tri-State area to receive a $2000 college scholarship. The scholarship is given to students with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and actively serve in the community.
“It means so much to be recognized by the Munoz Foundation. The room was filled with many accomplished individuals who had been through unimaginable adversity and were still top athletes and scholars, so to just be associated with them was such a great honor,” said Prakash. “I'm very proud of the kinds of accomplishments that allowed me to compete for this award, but am also so grateful to have the supportive Sycamore community behind me. I wouldn't have nearly the breadth of experience or the passion for what I do without it.”
During her senior year, Prakash served as Editor-In-Chief of the SHS Leaf, president of the National Honor Society, and president of the high school’s mental wellness club, Speak Up Aves. She interns at 1N5, a local nonprofit that aims to stop the stigma regarding mental health. She also co-founded “Our Voices”, a student-driven mental health awareness newsletter. In addition, she is also the lead prosecuting attorney on Sycamore’s Varsity Mock Trial team and played Varsity Golf. She is also an avid creative writer who has gained recognition at the local, state, national and international level.
Prakash is heading to Brown University in the fall where she will be majoring in Literary Arts to further her passion for creative writing. She was also accepted into their pre-med program in the Liberal Medical Education program and hopes to become a doctor.
Six other Sycamore High School students were named 2022 Nominees by the Anthony Munoz Foundation: Alexander Deihl, Ty Harris, Solomon Lumb, Nicholas Miller, Searita Chen, and Leah Riley.