YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Sayli Satpute, a senior at Yorktown High School, has lived her entire life in Westchester County along with her younger brother, Chinmay.
At school, she is president of the Class of 2019, vice president of the Student Senate and an enthusiastic student, especially in history and biology. Her love for science has driven her to pursue many activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the so-called STEM discipline.
The president of the high school’s Science Olympiad team, she is now preparing for February’s competition. Satpute is passionate about nature, having spent her summers volunteering at the Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo, educating the public about the environment.
Satpute’s interest in human biology led her to spend two summers at a local medical center researching sepsis, one of the leading causes of hospital deaths. This research work has won her many awards at science fairs. Using a grant Satpute won from the National Center for Women and Information Technology(NCWIT)/AspireIT program, she also recently founded and led a program for middle-school girls interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
She has also been recognized as a 2019 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Award winner and will be traveling to North Carolina for the celebration ceremony in March.
What is your favorite subject in school and why?
I truly enjoyed taking U.S. history last year. Learning about the development of our country, and how we can learn from the past, always captured my attention. I even dragged my family along to Williamsburg and Yorktown, Va., last summer, and we visited all the historical sites. It was honestly a dream come true.
Who inspires you the most and why?
My dad inspires me the most. He is so hardworking and will do anything for the family. He always teaches me to leave a place better than it was when I arrived and encourages me to always be the best version of myself.
What is a typical week for you at Yorktown High School?
There is nothing like a typical week in Yorktown; every week is different. But here are a few things that have become part of my routine: Every morning, I do the pledge and announcements, which is probably one of my favorite parts about being class president. Then, I finish up my classes for the day and head to an after-school calculus review session or an extracurricular activity. More often than not, I’m spending some time working on a class officers activity, like Oscar’s Night or prom. Friday nights are for hanging out with friends or going to a sports game, especially during football season! Honestly, Yorktown High School is like my second home, and I probably spend more time there than at my actual home!
What do you enjoy most about the Yorktown schools and community?
Yorktown truly exemplifies what it means to be a close-knit community. Whether it’s the music program’s tag sale, Senate’s senior citizens’ prom, or the town’s street fair, everyone in Yorktown is so encouraging of one another. In the schools, there is a great support system, from the administration like [School Superintendent] Dr. [Ron] Hattar and [high school Principal] Mr. [Joseph] DeGennaro, to each individual teacher and faculty member.
What is your most memorable high school experience?
Though I admit I am not the most athletic individual, I would have to say that competing in the school’s Powderpuff football game was such a memorable experience. Getting to spend weeks diligently training for the big game, and really just hanging out with friends, new and old, was a great way to learn new skills and de-stress after school. Competing was such a thrill, and now I know that I can throw a pretty decent spiral!
What are your plans after you graduate from Yorktown?
After graduating, I plan to head off to college and then medical school. I’ve always wanted to be a pediatrician since I was a little girl, and I can’t wait to come back one day and serve the Yorktown community.
What are some of your favorite hobbies/extra-curricular activities?
I couldn’t imagine my high school experience without my involvement in student government. Aside from that, I enjoy painting, writing and baking. I also tutor after school, something I also enjoy.
Where is your favorite place to eat in Yorktown?
For a quick bite, I always head to Bagel Emporium—the everything bagel with jalapeño cream cheese is awesome! If I have a little more time or I need to study or get some homework done with friends, you can find me at Starbucks.
Tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to learn.
I love whitewater rafting and have traveled to the Adirondack Mountains and Maine to raft. It was incredible to see how different the Hudson River is in upstate New York. I’ve also have been caving in the Adirondacks and have hiked part of the Appalachian Trail, Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine.
Is there a place you’d most like to visit?
While most people say it’s crazy, I’ve always wanted to go to Antarctica. I am so drawn to the continent and would love the opportunity to do some research work there one day.
Who are some of your favorite musicians?
While it really depends on my mood: The Lumineers, George Ezra and Mumford and Sons are some of my favorites. I could listen to them when I’m happy, sad, stressed—really any time!
What is your favorite show to binge?
“Parks and Recreation” always makes me so happy! It’s such a funny show with an incredible message. I really hope to be like Leslie Knope, the main character, one day because she is so hardworking, persistent, passionate and dedicated to what she does.
What is the go-to app on your phone?
Aside from the typical social media apps like Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, the Starbucks app is probably one of my most used apps. I would definitely recommend it if you go there often!
Student Spotlight was launched in collaboration with Yorktown and Lakeland schools to highlight students who excel in the classroom or on the stage, are leaders in the school community or have a passion for community service. Do you know a teen who qualifies? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.