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A Step Above 2018 Sahil Patel The quote “Talent is given, greatness is earned,” nicely sums up The Meadows School Student Body President Sahil Patel’s outlook on a life of achievement. While natural ability is in no short order for this exceptional musician, student, athlete and leader, it appears that passion, dedication and an impec- cable work ethic are the real drivers behind his impressive resume. Success, he admits, is a moving tar- get that’s difficult to define, but attributes his to guidance he’s received from family, friends and teach- ers. For continuing to humbly focus on self-betterment while still making time to help others who need a lift, Sahil Patel is– A Step Above. G.P.A.: 4.39 Sp orts/Activities/Clubs: • JV Lacrosse, 2016; Captain, 2016 • Varsity Lacrosse, 2015-Present • JV Basketball, 2017 • Soccer, 2015 • Orchestra–Cello, 2006-Present • Symphonic Band–French Horn, 2011-Present • Jazz Band–Trumpet, 2011-Present • Drum Line–Bass Drum, 2011-Present • Piano, 2004-Present • Class President, 2014-2017 • Student Body President, 2017-2018 • National Honor Society, 2015-Present • National Spanish Honor Society, 2015-Present • Clave and Cajon Club Co-President, 2015-Present • Boy Scouts, 2014-Present Awards/Community Service: • Silver State Composition Competition Champion, 2015 • Music Teacher National Composition Competition State Champion, 2016 • Eagle Scout, 2016 • JV Lacrosse State Champions, 2016 • AP Music Theory Academic Award, 2016 • Academic Award–Honors Physics, 2017 • Bronze Eagle Scout Palm, 2017 • Nevada Legal Services–Tenant’s Rights Center Summer Intern, 2016 • Make-a-Wish, 2014-Present • National Honor Society, 2015-Present • National Spanish Honor Society, 2015-Present Tell us about your penchant for musical composition. “I am proud of my accomplishments in com- position, because, while it is a hobby, I have put so much work into my compositions over the past eight years. One work that I am specifically proud of, I intend on submitting to an international piano competition after I have finished editing it.” Have you experienced any adversity that’s affected your outlook? “I have had one particular incident in which I was the victim of some racially insensitive comments. I sincerely believe that the incident taught me self-control and the ability to ignore comments and criticisms from ignorant people.” What did you take from your experience working at Nevada Legal Services Tenant’s Rights Center? “In the span of two months, I was able to help hundreds of people living well below the poverty line. As someone who comes from the Summerlin Bubble, to experience the poverty that I saw while work- ing there was very humbling.” September/October 2017 What is a key issue facing young adults today? “I believe that today, young adults are more worried about finding someone to blame for their problems rather than simply putting their head down and doing the work to fix them. I believe this is more than just a young adult problem and is actually the cause for many issues in today’s world.” 41