Ellenberg is the valedictorian of the Class of 2009 at La Porte High School,
and Mayuri Bhakta is this year's salutatorian.
is the daughter of Jeff and Tanya Ellenberg, and Mayuri is the daughter of
Ishvar and Ramila Bhakta.
plans to attend Harvard University or Princeton University, where she will
major in political science and minor in philosophy. After completing college, she is considering
a career in law or politics.
at LPHS, Brittany has been a member of the Earth Care organization all four
years, serving as both secretary and president.
She also has been a member of Interact and Thespians for four years,
holding the offices of vice president and president of both groups.
was a lead character and assistant director in the LPHS musicals and has also
been active in the one-act play.
Throughout high school, she has been involved in the competitive
speaking team (speech and debate) and has held the offices of vice president
and president in this organization as well.
addition, Brittany has served as a junior class and senior class officer and
has been involved in Student Council all four years, serving as
parliamentarian. Other activities
include National Honor Society, Mu Alpha
Theta math honor society, HOPE (High School Outreach to People Everywhere),
TRUTH (Teens Reaching Upward Toward Health), Citizens Advisory Council to La
Porte Industry and Progressive Thinkers Club.
She also served as vice president of the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership
Executive Board and was a Global Studies Program ambassador to China in March
will enroll in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at
Austin. She plans to major in either
business or biology and is considering careers in accounting or medicine.
LPHS, Mayuri participated in UIL spelling during her sophomore year and was a
member of the teams participating in Academic Worldquest academic competition
as well as the Academic Decathlon.
was named Best Algebra II Student and Spanish III Student her sophomore year and
Outstanding Female Science Student her junior year. In addition, she was involved in HOPE (High
School Outreach to People Everywhere) and was an alternate for the Global
Studies Program's trip to China.
served as secretary of the Teen Leadership Club her sophomore and junior years
and has been active in the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta math honor
society, in which she serves as secretary.
"It has been a blessing
for me that I have had the opportunity to get to know these two students over
the years," said Joanne Kolius, LPHS principal. "We can all be very proud of them, their
accomplishments at LPHS, and their future accomplishments."