Ojas Phirke – Valedictorian
What campuses in Round Rock ISD did you attend?
Ridgeview Middle School and Cedar Ridge High School.
What’s the best memory you have of your time in Round Rock ISD? Why?
My time in Round Rock ISD has been blessed with many incredible memories—whether it was competing at UIL, DECA, and independent competitions; having fun and giving back together through clubs and organizations; or learning, laughing, and celebrating together—virtually and in-person!
Who has been your most influential teacher in Round Rock ISD? Why?
Every teacher and staff member that I have known has played an incredibly influential part in helping me become the person I am today. Each of them has uniquely impacted the way I look at life, guiding my perspective and actions, inspiring me to explore and dream, and empowering me throughout my unique journey. I am forever grateful to each of them! Thank you all!
What college will you be attending next year? What will you be studying?
I am planning to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study Computer Science Honors and Business Honors as a Texas CSB Scholar, a dual degree honors program.
What do you hope to pursue after college?
I plan to further my studies of new technologies and their applications. I especially want to explore artificial intelligence and how it can be used to enact positive change for the betterment of my community and humanity.