Srijan Bhasin, 17, is poised for success. The Bishop
O'Connell senior and 2015 class valedictorian, is scheduled
to attend the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg in
the fall to study chemistry. He then plans to go to medical
school to earn a medical degree and a doctorate to balance
research and clinical work.
Bhasin is a Hindu who has spent years in Catholic schools,
including Corpus Christi School in Falls Church. Although he
is not a Christian, the O'Connell community has accepted and
embraced him. His Hinduism and his Catholic education present
no problems for him.
"I don't see any conflict," he said. "Morality applies to
He goes to Mass with the students and listens to the homily.
When it's time for holy Communion he goes up to the altar
with his classmates and receives a blessing from the
His father, Tushkar, and mother, Suman, looked for private
schools for and chose O'Connell because of the school's
Bhasin has a lot of hobbies, including running, but cooking
is one of his favorites. He especially likes to cook fish. He
calls it a challenge.
"You have to be confident with your ingredients, and willing
to fail," he said.
But failure does not appear to be an option with Bhasin. His
academic resume is extensive with participation in
O'Connell's Global Studies Certificate program, and
attendance at the 2013 Virginia Governor's School for Math,
Science and Technology at Lynchburg University, a summer
program for gifted students.
In addition to earning great grades, Bhasin participates in
cross country and track. He also finds time to volunteer at
Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, helping out with
administration and patient support; the George Mason Regional
Library in Annandale; St. James Church food distribution
efforts in Falls Church; and tutoring at Tuckahoe Elementary
School in Arlington.
He's on the schools calculus team, It's Academic team and the
business analyst team.
When he starts his college career at William and Mary, he
will be a 1693 Stamps Leadership Scholar, one of the most
competitive scholarships at the school. Bhasin is one of six
Bhasin's academic success is matched by his accomplishments
as a caring human being.
"Srijan is a remarkably bright, kind and compassionate
citizen of our school community whose commitment to using his
talents to make the world a better place is a wonderful
example for everyone," said Joseph E. Vorbach, head of