Riddhi Patel is used to setting records.
The first generation American was the salutatorian of her graduating class at River City Early College, finishing with a very impressive 5.047 GPA.
In addition to being the first generation in her family to attend college, the impressive teen is starting college having already earned her Associate’s Degree from Hinds. She earned 68 college hours while still in high school.
During her freshman year, Riddhi was a River City Robotics Team Member, a member of the Red Cord Community Service Organization, the Key Club, a s served as editor for the Yearbook Club.
Her sophomore year, she was a River City Robotics Team Member, Red Cord Community Service Organization member, continued her membership in Key Club and as the editor of the yearbook. She was also a member of the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy, served as National English Honor Society Secretary and Student Council Treasurer.
Her junior year included all of these same organizations as well as being inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and a HOSA Member.
In her senior year, Riddhi was a member of the Red Cord Community Service Organization and the State Superintendent of Education’s Student Advisory Council Member.
Riddhi also maintained straight A’s throughout her entire academic career.
Incredibly, Riddhi also volunteered over 225 hours of community service. Just a few of these hours were at local races, the YMCA child care center, the food pantry, TOPS soccer, the Old Depot Museum, the city pool, St. Joseph Hospice and the Kiwanis Club Chili Feast.
Riddhi also works at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
She isn’t able to name one particular teacher for helping her achieve so much, but said, “All of my past high school teachers at RCEC are my favorite. I can’t really choose. They all helped me grow into a better person and taught me very important life lessons that I would never forget.”
She credits her determination and drive to her family, especially her parents Dharmendra and Sejal Patel. “They always push me to do my best so I can be successful. They motivate me to never give up and always work hard.”
Riddhi received the 1848 scholarship, Academic Merit scholarship, and the Ole Miss Leader Scholarship. She also received an Academic Excellence scholarship from the Vicksburg Rotary Club.
She will be attending Ole Miss where she, of course, be participating in the Honors College. She will be majoring in Biology on a pre-med track.
With all that Riddhi has accomplished so far, we are looking forward to seeing her set records for many years in the future.