ERHS Student Selected as 2021 ExCEL Winner

East Ridge High School Student Selected as 2021 ExCEL Award Winner
Posted on 02/25/2021
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) is pleasedRiya Bharti to announce that Riya Bharti from East Ridge High School, has been selected as a 2021 Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) ExCEL Award winner. ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, show leadership qualities, volunteer in their communities and are model citizens.

Riya participates in swimming, debate, orchestra and speech. She is the captain of the debate team where she finished in sixth place in the National Qualifier and set a pool record for the girls swim team in 2019. She is also a member of Robotics Club, Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Honor Society (NHS), Student Cabinet, Youth Advisory Council, Philosophy Club, Brain Bee and the Math Team. Riya volunteers within the community through SoWashCo CARES (Community Action Reaching Every Student), peer tutoring, National Honor Society blood drives, Relay For Life and a local homeless shelter. 

Riya will receive recognition during the 45TV broadcast of the boys and girls high school basketball tournament as well as a featured story in the MSHSL newsletter. Congratulations Riya!
The full list of the 2021 ExCEL Award winners can be found online here.