On her first day of school as a freshman at Statesboro High School, Supriya Immaneni expressed to faculty her desire to be valedictorian. She accomplished that goal and amassed a multitude of honors from each of the many diverse student organizations of which she’s been a part.
Equally impressive are her titles of STAR student for SHS, Bulloch County and Region Eight. She won these awards in part by scoring 2370 on the SAT, missing only one question. She also is one of only 800 students nationwide to be named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
Immaneni is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Rao Immaneni, a local pediatrician. Her mother, Sowjany, also holds a master’s degree in chemistry. Their love and curiosity for science is shared by their daughter.
She has been accepted by every prestigious medical school in the country including Johns Hopkins, Brown, Boston University and Duke, which offered her a full-ride scholarship. “I’ve been told that this rarely happens,” Immaneni said. She graciously declined these opportunities, including Brown where she’d always dreamed of going, to attend Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
She is one of only 20 students in the world to receive an invitation to the Feinberg Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME). With this offer, she is automatically accepted to medical school without the usual track of completing an undergraduate degree, taking the Medical College Admissions Test or the stress of applying to medical schools. “I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, and I feel so blessed to be going to Feinberg,” she said.
“Feinberg is a seven-year program with three years of accelerated undergraduate studies,” said Immaneni. “All the doctor’s I know told me that Feinburg is the best. I like it because they allow you to minor in a subject area.” She’s played flute for seven years and wants to minor in flute performance.
Yes, she may have been a member of the model united nations, science fair, science olympiad and science quiz bowl teams, but she also was an accomplished member of the Blue Devil Band. One might be surprised to learn that she was even a member of the National FFA Organization, where she represented Bulloch County at the 82nd Annual Georgia Future Farmers of America Convention and presented her research on Q Fever in the event’s science fair.
With the national attention she’s received for her achievements, she could go anywhere in the world to begin her career, but her wish is to return to Bulloch County. “I love it here, and I really want to come back,” she said. “I’ve grown up here since pre-K. I volunteered with the Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club, and I’ve seen how important health care education and access is in rural areas. She’s also been a volunteer in East Georgia Regional Medical Center’s Radiology Department.
Immaneni will pay tribute to her classmates during her valedictory address. “I’ve gone to pre-K through twelfth grade with my class,” she said. She attended Mill Creek Elementary and Langston Chapel Middle. “We’ve guided and strengthened each other, and now we’re all ready to do different things.”