Words by Kenny Quayle ‘16
The man. The myth. The legend.
Raj Warman ’16 has been a mainstay on the Academy at the Lakes campus for as long as most can remember. He has been an omnipresent positive force among students and staff alike.
If you don’t understand a concept, Raj is there to guide you toward the path of knowledge. If you need help with your homework, Raj is there to provide a helping hand. His tireless pursuit of knowledge and willingness to help others along in their own pursuits makes Raj an instrument of the uplifting and powerful values that are prized in the Academy community.
He has taken this mentality everywhere he goes, making him a positive force for more than just the Academy family. Whether at International Science Fair, math competitions, or researching practical mathematics at Moffitt Cancer Center, Raj is always bringing positivity and uplifting knowledge to those surrounding him. He is an Academy student, through and through, and embodies all that the staff has ever tried to teach us.
Interview with Raj Warman ’16
How long have you been at Academy?
Since kindergarten, so 13 years or so.
How many Advanced Placement classes have you taken total?
How many times have you been to the International Science Fair?
4, 3 by Intel and 1 in Houston that was more of an environmental conference.
Which colleges did you get accepted to?
I was accepted to Yale; Duke; Dartmouth where I was named a Jack Byrne Scholar; the University of Pennsylvania where I was named a University scholar and a Benjamin Franklin scholar; Cornell; Vanderbilt; Johns Hopkins; the University of South Florida with a full ride; and the University of Florida with a full ride.
What major(s) do you want to pursue?
Some type of computer science with a hint of biology and mathematics, but I am essentially undecided.
What do you hope to do in life?
I don’t know yet. Maybe a startup or some type of research.
What do you hope to do in college?
I want to continue my research and get published a few more times. I hope to continue presenting my findings at panels and conferences and to be on the forefront of my chosen field. I also want to continue playing the violin, join some clubs, and get involved with the vibrant Duke community.
What is your favorite Academy memory?
The creation of House Day is one. I loved the whole idea of the House competitions and it was great to see this lasting tradition through conception. It’s also kind of cool to tell people about it because they always reply ‘Wow, like Harry Potter,’ and it feels awesome to tell them it is exactly like that. International Science Fair is another because I was surrounded by people who were forerunners in their fields and was in an environment cultivated upon higher level intellect.
How did you stumble upon Academy?
There weren’t many schools when I came into this local community, and Academy was just a great school nearby with small class sizes and great teachers, so it was the obvious choice.
Why did you stay?
I stayed for the community, the friends I developed, the teachers, and the traditions and activities. No other school nearby has the House system or any of the things that make Academy the one-of-a-kind institution it is.
What was the most influential Academy moment in your life?
The most influential moment of my life at Academy was during my freshman year while completing my first mathematical research project. I realized that research was cool and that I was good at it, and that the high level of applications could be used to change the world for the better.
What activities did you pursue at Academy?
Oh gosh, there are a lot of them. I was President of the student body; Treasurer of the Student Council; the President of the Academy chapter of Mu Alpha Theta; an Upper Division Math Club instructor; a Middle Division Math Club instructor; the founder and the President of the Chess Club; the Vice President of National Honor Society, the Junior State of America Director of Debate; a Concertmaster; an orchestra member; the first chair violinist; a member of the pit orchestra for several Academy musicals; a participant in Science Olympiad; a member of the Varsity Tennis team; and a member of the Varsity Track & Field team.
How does it feel to be a lifer (a student who has attended Academy for his entire academic career)?
It hasn’t really hit me yet that I’m leaving, but I’m happy that I’m diving into the unknown, and to see all the opportunity it could bring me. Academy is and will always be a second home to me, and it has prepared me to go out into the world.
Any goals for the future?
I would love to form my own company or practice, and to be my own leader. I could possibly be a laboratory head. I just would like full control over what I’m doing with my intellect and research and hopefully, use it for the betterment of mankind.
Where next for the collection of atoms known as Raj?
I hope to get to college in one piece with all my atoms intact and also get out of college in one piece, hopefully not missing too many atoms.
Raj Warman is honestly one of the greatest men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He is a savant with everything he puts his mind to and is one of the most well-rounded people ever to grace Academy at the Lakes. He is a true renaissance man, the paradigm of Academy values, and a great friend to all (regardless as to whether or not he can pronounce “epitome” and “commune”). Raj is the man everyone wishes to be, and I know we all are behind him as he pursues higher education and blazes a new path to the betterment of mankind on the forefront of any field he wishes to pursue. You have changed all of our lives and educations for the better Raj, and it has been a pleasure. Always remember “The future depends on what you do today-Mahatma Gandhi” and by that logic, I think your future is looking pretty bright.