Lexus of Richmond presents Selik Morishetty of Henrico High School as our week 19 nominee for the Leadership Award Scholarship. Having a 4.54 GPA he is ranked 12th in his graduating class of 364 students. He scored a 34 out of a possible 36 on the ACT exam and a 790 out of 800 on the Math SAT II. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a part of the Student Council for the Science National Honor Society. As a member of the Virginia Junior Academy of Science, Selik was the Editor in Chief as a junior; he is currently their Communications Liaison. For his research project on “Alginate Hydrogel Beads for Controlled Drug Delivery Applications”, Selik won: 1st Place at the Metro Richmond Stem Fair, Honorable Mention at the Virginia State Science Engineering Fair, ISEF Nominee, Grand Winner Chemistry Division, and the Special Award from the American Chemical Association. For a research project in 9th grade on “The Effect of Curcumin on E. coli and Probiotics”, Selik received an Honorable Mention for VJAS and 3rd Place for the Metro Richmond STEM Fair. In 2018 Selik completed a 4 week course with the Summer Residential Governor’s School for Medicine and Health Sciences.
Selik has participated in Pfizer Pharmaceutical Research where he utilized molecular biological research techniques to investigate natural properties of curcumin on bacteria and probiotics. By participating in Virginia Commonwealth University Undergraduate Research, Selik studied the physical attributes of a natural polymer, Alginate. He created an efficient vessel system of Alginate hydrogel beads to deliver an administered drug. Selik has also shadowed doctors at the VCU Medical Center. He is a member of the Model United Nations, and he was selected as the Best Delegate at Old Dominion University. Selik is a member of the Math Club, Chess Club, and the Red Cross Club at Henrico High School. He is the Beth Shalom Head Volunteer. Through the Hindu Center of Virginia, Selik is a performer and teacher of classical music.
As a four year member of the Varsity Tennis team at Henrico, Selik was a co-captain for his junior season. Following sophomore year he was selected for the team MVP. As a freshman Selik was a nationally ranked player for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and he has played on the USTA Junior Tennis Team for the region. Selik has additionally played for Henrico’s Varsity Volleyball team.
Present and active in his community, Selik is no stranger to giving his time and assistance to various organizations. He has been a Sports Backer Race Volunteer. Selik has given time to the McGuire Veteran Affairs Hospital by assisting in the Short Term Rehab Facility. He has participated in making fleece blankets for the VCU Children’s Hospital. He has been involved in Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Pediatric Cancer Fundraising. Through the Hindu Center of Virginia Selik has helped with Rise for Hunger; he helped package and deliver food to underprivileged families. Selik has also been on a mission trip to India. His tasks ranged from spending time with the children (singing, reading, teaching etc.) to building a toilet in order to help the local sanitation and irrigation.
Selik has won a dinner for two and is now in the running for the $10,000 scholarship. Watch the Fox Richmond – WRLH interview and the Lexus of Richmond Leadership Award interview to learn more about Selik! Remember to check Facebook for more information about each weekly nominee throughout the school year!