The top two students from the 118-member senior class are Valedictorian Rob McFadden and Salutatorian Arjun Puri.
Valedictorian Rob McFadden excelled academically throughout his career at MUS. A National Merit Scholarship winner and AP Scholar with Distinction, McFadden is the recipient of the school’s Yale Book Award and on the Dean’s Scholars list and Faculty Honor Roll. He attended Computational Physics Governor’s School at Austin Peay State University last summer.
A service-minded student-athlete, McFadden served as an admissions ambassador and a peer tutor and lettered three years in cross country and one year in track. He was a member of the Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, History Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. In the larger community, he has worked for three years at St. Columba Mud Camp, serving as a senior counselor. He has been a weekly volunteer at Church of the Nativity in Bartlett, and he volunteers with Alzheimer’s patients at Page Robbins Adult Day Care Center.
McFadden will attend Vanderbilt University, where he plans to study Spanish and premed.
Attaining a perfect ACT score as a ninth grader is just one of many academic accolades salutatorian Arjun Puri accumulated during his years at MUS. The co-creator of the Future Leaders in American Government Conference, held last summer at Rhodes College, Puri is a National Merit Scholarship winner, a National AP Scholar, and the recipient of the school’s Dartmouth Book Award. On the Dean’s Scholar list and Faculty Honor Roll, Puri was also a member of the Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, History Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta.
Last year, he placed in the state’s Top 10 list in the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association contest. He was also a Top 5 student in the regional Physics Bowl and earned a Gold Medal for his performance in the 2019 Physics Olympiad, along with designation as a USA Physics Olympiad finalist. He placed in the Top 50 in the U.S. Chemistry Olympiad in 2018. This year he received an Honorable Mention for Latin writing in the Bernice L. Fox Classics Writing Contest, an annual competition sponsored by Monmouth College (IL). And last month, his thorough analysis of an ancient board game called Goose was published in the Spring 2020 issue of UMAP, The Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics and Its Applications.
Puri will attend Harvard University, where he plans to study mathematics and computer science.