Student Spotlight – FHC’s Rishith Mishra at the September Board Meeting

Posted on 09/25/2018
Rishith Mishra and family at September Board Meeting


To say FHC senior Rishith Mishra is exceptional might be an understatement. Principal Dr. Sonny Arnel better describes him as a “renaissance man” for his wide range of knowledge and skills. The Board of Education was honored to welcome Mishra as the student representative at the September Board Meeting. 

Over the course of his high school career, Mishra has taken almost every Advanced Placement (AP) course that FHSD offers, including history, Spanish, chemistry, physics, art history, psychology, literature, economics, calculus, and more. “He has taken the whole spectrum of challenging courses,” says Dr. Arnel. “I love it because one of my favorite things is to see these young people make a high school campus a college campus.” By the time he graduates in May, Mishra will have earned over 40 hours of college credit, which is equivalent to a year and a half of college instruction. 

With such an impressive course load, Mishra still maintains a 4.72 GPA and was recently named a 2018 National AP Scholar. In addition, he balances a variety of activities including his membership in the National Honor Society (NHS) and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). He is the Vice President of the Speech and Debate Club at FHC, as well as a competitor in the Scholar Quiz Bowl.

Mishra is just as dedicated outside of school as he is at FHC. He has participated in Washington University’s Mini Medical School for three years. He earned a 34 on his ACT and also attended the 2018 STARS Program at UMSL for six weeks over the summer, where he conducted intensive scientific research with university faculty members. In addition, he has performed roughly 60 hours of volunteer work at Missouri Baptist Hospital, serves as a tutor for other FHC students, and is a proud captain of his cricket team.  

“As a principal, it’s our joy to have kids come into our schools that love education, that truly want to challenge themselves. Even on top of that, are better people than they are students. Mishra is that,” says Arnel. After high school, Mishra plans to study biochemistry as a pre-med student at Mizzou, Washington University, SLU, or UMKC. Congratulations Rishith Mishra, you are a great representative of the District, and we are excited to see what you will accomplish during your senior year at FHC and beyond!

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