Old Waconian Awards Top Mathematicians at Cheadle Hulme School
Old Waconian, Hemal Shah (Class of 1996) has shown his appreciation for the knowledge and values instilled by a Cheadle Hulme School education with the introduction of a new Graduation Ceremony award.
The Nagindas T Shah Top Mathematician Award will be given to an Upper Sixth student who has shown a high level of academic success and commitment in Further Maths, alongside the study of a Science A Level subject.
The first student to receive the award, named after Hemal’s grandfather who encouraged him throughout his time at CHS, will be a member of the Class of 2015 at their Graduation Ceremony this month.
Speaking about his own time at the School, Hemal said: “CHS continues to play a part in my professional career. The values I learnt there are at the forefront of my mind every day; I always seek to assist others where I have an area of expertise, whilst I am never afraid to ask searching questions to reinforce my own understanding.
“I wanted to set this award up to show my appreciation to the school whilst also inspiring future pupils to excel in my favourite subject.”
On leaving Cheadle Hulme School, Hemal read Aerospace Engineering with French at the University of Bath, incorporating a year in France. He has had various roles as a Technology and Business Analyst with Arthur Andersen, Deloitte Consulting and JP Morgan and now works with UBS as a Funding Analyst, managing the balance sheet utilisation and pricing for hedge fund contracts.
Hemal continued: “My personal experience at Cheadle Hulme School was one of being challenged to be the best I could be academically whilst picking up additional skills through participating in extracurricular activities, and also making substantial use of the excellent library facilities to further my own general knowledge.
“The teaching staff really helped me to excel, whilst always ensuring I was adequately supported. One of my fondest memories is of the physics tutorial sheets set by Mr Bullock, often incorporating a star ship or some fiendish super villain, inspired by questions I had asked during class.”