by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Alex Williams Photography

Hardworking & Humble

student_agarwal4The language of finance and technology is a familiar one for Student Star Varun Agarwal. A junior at Del Norte High School, Varun has immersed himself in opportunities at school and in the community to jump-start his future career.

Varun is building a solid foundation through his school involvement. He started the Finance and Investment Club at Del Norte High School, which has seen great success at the regional level in the SIMFA Stock Market Game. “Last year, we placed third regionally out of over 300 teams,” he said. Varun also started the Toastmaster’s Gavel Club, a noncompetitive public speaking club.

This past year, Varun entered the SIMFA InvestWrite competition and placed second in the national competition and first in California. The essay-writing competition is focused on business and investing. “This year’s prompt was to choose a dream company to work for, advise its investment manager with an investing strategy, and predict any major global or economic events that could affect the company,” he explained.


Varun has been applying his investment knowledge since middle school. He manages his own investment portfolio in an online trading simulator. “I really wish it wasn’t a simulation; I could have bought a Ferrari with my investments,” Varun said.

Name: Varun Agarwal (15)
School: Del Norte High School
Grade: 11
Parents: Kanu Jain and Aseem Agarwal
Sibling: Saanvi Agarwal (10)
Favorite Local Spot: Baskin Robbins at 4S Town Center

student_agarwal2Varun shares his knowledge and passion in the community. He is a mentor for the FIRST Lego League teams at local middle and elementary schools. He also volunteers at a local nonprofit as a teaching assistant, teaching Java programming in underserved schools in San Diego. His work ethic is inspired by people like Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. “He started Amazon as an online bookstore, and with his perseverance, Amazon has grown into one of the largest companies in the world,” he explained. “Jeff Bezos’ attitude of hard work and humility are an inspiration to me.”

Varun also appreciates time in the outdoors. He plays tennis for the Del Norte junior varsity team and enjoys riding his bike on the trails near his house in 4S Ranch. “I like living here because there are numerous trails, tennis courts, and parks,” Varun acknowledged.

“Last year, we placed third regionally out of over 300 teams.”

Looking ahead, Varun would like to pursue his interests with a career that combines finance and computer science. He is not sure where he is attending college yet, but with his work ethic and commitment, he is sure to make numerous contributions wherever he heads.