In biology class during his freshmen year, Kevin Asirvadam knew he was the second smartest student in the Waxahachie Global High School Class of 2018.
“I used to be overly concerned about my grades back in the day,” Asirvadam admitted. “I was overly obsessed about having better grades than everybody else. But then I moved to Global and kind of moved away from that [mindset]. It wasn’t as important to me anymore like other things.”
As a freshman, Asirvadam asked the now-valedictorian, Jonah Taylor, if he could browse his progress report and was taken back by the high grades. He relayed how that experience was a humbling moment.
“He never showed me a progress report after that,” Asirvadam joked.
Asirvadam enrolled into Waxahachie ISD his freshmen year and referenced the Global campus as “a positive and friendly environment and very accepting.”
His advice to the incoming freshmen is, “be yourself because you can be yourself at Global. And you’re going to be stressed out no matter what.”
During his four years, Asirvadam was densely involved with the community service club, Interact, and competed with the Technology Student Association, which involves STEM-related competitions. He qualified for nationals twice; last year he placed sixth and will compete in Atlanta this summer. He was also involved in UIL and participated in number sense, which is mental math. But, spelling was his strong suit. He placed third in the state in 2018. He was also involved in the National Honor Society.
Asirvadam served on the prom committee during his junior year and was crowned prom king his senior year.
Asirvadam will attend Texas A&M University in College Station in the fall to major in statistics. He has a broad interest in academics, so nothing stood out to him when deciding on a degree plan.
“I really like demographics and population statistics; they’re fascinating. And I’ve always liked statistics,” Asirvadam noted. “It’s fairly applicable, so if I change my mind, I can still do something useful with that.”
When it comes to numbers, he likes the way math works logically, and it’s indisputable and subjective.
Asirvadam was quick to say he sacrificed sleep to get there where he is today. He then admitted to mastering the art of procrastination. Most of his school work was completed at 1 or 2 a.m. or the class period before or turned in work minutes before it was due. He claimed the key is to allow oneself enough time to complete the assignment with at least five minutes to spare.
“A lot of sleep deprivation, a lot, for four years. But it was worth it,” he joked.
When reflecting on the irreplaceable high school years, Asirvadam thinks of, “friends, the people there who were always nice and the projects that were always stressful, but we made it through together. It was comradery.”
At first, Asirvadam did not think he made an impression on his campus.
“I think I fit the mold and didn’t change the mold,” he shared.
But when he brainstormed a little harder, the time he committed to children with special needs was most significant. Asirvadam participated in Hidden Miracles all four years in high school and attended every monthly event.
“I did karaoke with them. I was the karaoke guy. It was really fun singing with the kids because some of them get really into it. They are just singing their hearts out. Some of them are really bad, but it’s adorable,” Asirvadam elaborated.
Other memories that he will hold onto the rest of his life include the knock-out birthday parties he hosted his junior and senior years, the national conference in Orlando, “as well as the little moments when we had laughter and inside jokes.”
One year, Global hosted a Halloween, and since the building is so old and the custodians always shared haunted stories, Asirvadam had to check it out himself. He had to see if the tales were true.
“We saw some spooky stuff, but we were all thinking the teachers played us. But we saw some spooky things like spooky music playing from the computer, like how did that happen,” he recalled.
With graduation behind him, Asirvadam is looking forward to a “fresh start just to go there and do whatever I want, and there’s no one to say I have to do it a certain way because there are no preconceptions.”
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