#RamPride Highlight: Kevin Sarwan

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#RamPride means demonstrating excellence in the classroom, spending time in the community, demonstrating pride in athletics, creating music and art and representing the district with honor.

Kevin Sarwan is a perfect example of #RamPride and after a decorated career in West Hempstead, he will be entering the United States Navy this month. As a passionate member of his school community, Kevin held leadership positions as treasurer of the Class of 2020, secretary of National Honor Society and Environmental Club, vice president of Debate Club and as a member of student council. Kevin exhibited excellence in academics as a member of the Top 25 and dedication to athletics as a member of the baseball team. He also played the baritone saxophone and was the lead in multiple school plays.

Kevin was also dedicated to Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), which he describes as his favorite organization to be a part of. “I was in it all four years and very active,” Kevin said. “SADD really tries to make a change and I get to talk to young kids in person, helping to fix a problem before it happens.”

When asked what motivated him to reach his goals, Kevin credited his teachers with encouraging him to be the best version of himself. “West Hempstead has allowed me to achieve my goals through the constant push that teachers give to their students,” he said. “They want us to see our full potential.”

Kevin specifically recalls the support of two special teachers, orchestra teacher Mr. DiPasquale and middle school algebra teacher Ms. Parillo. “I never had Mr. D has a teacher, but I always saw him as a friend who I could go to with a problem and he would always try his best to help get through it.,” said Kevin. “Ms. Parillo was a teacher I had back in middle school, but I always returned to visit,” he continued. “She made me feel welcome and her classroom was like a second home.”

Staying true to Principal James DeTommaso’s motto, Kevin always raised the bar. His choice to enlist in the United States Navy was a culmination of years of dedication and hard work. “I feel like everyone has a phase where they want to be in the military and I never grew out of that phase,” Kevin said. “I constantly worked towards it.”

Over the last weekend of July, Kevin left for eight weeks of bootcamp in Chicago. He will then move to South Carolina for two years of schooling in nuclear engineering. Upon successful completion, Kevin will receive a GI Bill, which he can use to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Before he departed, West Hempstead High School held an intimate graduation ceremony for Kevin and his family in order for him to be rightfully recognized for his achievements. Principal James DeTommaso, Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Dina Reilly and Assistant Superintendent for Business Joel Press gathered to congratulate Kevin for his accomplishments and present him with his diploma.

The district is proud to call Kevin a member of the #RamFam and wishes him luck and safety in his future endeavors!