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Shady Side Academy’s Riya Agrawal honored by Rotary for ‘Service Above Self’

Tawnya Panizzi
The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh honored Shady Side Academy senior Riya Agrawal as its Student of Distinction.

Shady Side Academy senior Riya Agrawal was honored by the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh for service to her school and community.

Selected as the Rotary Student of Distinction for January 2019, Agrawal volunteers at UPMC Children’s Hospital, as well as at camps for children with special needs. She also leads the Arts for Autism club at SSA, and serves as an admissions ambassador and a student representative on the school’s discipline committee.

Agrawal was honored at the club’s luncheon on Jan. 16 at the Omni William Penn Hotel, downtown, for her efforts to contribute in ways that reflect the Rotary Club’s motto of “Service Above Self.”

SSA Associate Director of College Counseling Julie Hertz called Agrawal compassionate, creative, thoughtful and warm.

“She is innately caring, possessing an awareness and concern for those around her that is rare in someone her age,” Hertz said. “This poised and articulate young woman carries herself with unique maturity, and it is often easy to forget that she is still a teenager.”

Criteria for the Student of Distinction Award includes willingness to help others through an individual initiative or group-related project, ethical conduct and acting as a role model for peers.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, [email protected] or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.