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Student Awards 2013

Student Awards 2013

Anusha Ali Syed – SAAWA Youth Leadership Award

Anusha Syed is a 15 year old, tenth grader in East Meadow High School, who is known for her dynamic public speaking skills and community service. She frequents as the emcee and guest speaker in community, political and government offices’ events.
She serves as Executive Assistant of Division 6 Key Club, Vice President of East Meadow High School Key Club and Vice President of Ethnic Awareness Club. She is the Chairman of Kids Committee of American Community Empowerment, a volunteer for South Asian Political Action Committee and Lieutenant Governor of Division 6 New York District Key Club for 2013-2014. She was chosen to serve as the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador from the East Meadow School District because of her leadership skills. She represented her district in HOBY Conference in spring 2013. She won New York State Oratorical Contest in March 2013 for her speech on Youth Empowerment at the 65th Annual New York District Key club.

Kavita Jain – Intel Science Talent Search 2013 Semifinalist Award

Kavita is a senior at Smithtown High School West. She was a Stony Brook Simons Fellow this past summer. She is school president of National Honor Society and Interact club, Vice president of French Honor Society and Public Relations Officer of Math Honor Society. She has organized and run food drives at local super markets in order to stock various soup kitchens and pantries around Long Island. She helped at a local Nursing Home (Nesconset, NY) in aiding the dementia patients recover their memory through personalized music. She helped in the collection of iPods for the program and with the patient’s and family’s help upload music onto it that the patient liked and listened to. She is part of Arya Samaj Vedic Heritage group of Long Island. She collected money for Akshaya Patra, Ekal Vidhyalaya and CRY organizations. She is part of executive committee for Relay for Life, an event by the American Cancer Society, which helps to raise money for cancer patients and research. To continue her aspiration to enter the medical field she will be attending Duke University in fall 2013.

Mayuri Sridhar – Intel Science Talent Search Finalist 2013 Award Excellence in Math Award

The Title of her Intel paper: Computational Analysis of the DNA-Binding Mechanism of the p53 Tumor Suppressor and its Inactivation through the R249S Mutation.
Mayuri Sridhar is Valedictorian of Kings Park High School Class of 2013. She is National Merit Scholarship winner and Outstanding Junior of the year (Suffolk County). She won Bronze Medal in American Mathematics Competition 10. She was NYS Science and Engineering Fair Andromeda Division Best in Computer Science in 2012.She will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall. She is intending to major in computer science and electric engineering. She was born in Singapore and she shuttled between Singapore and India for the first six years of her life. She moved to USA in first grade and she has lived in New York for the past eleven years. She enjoys computer programming and mathematics and she is working at Art of Problem Solving as a grader. She aspires to become a professor of computer science in the future.

Meenakshi Krishna – Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist 2013 Award Excellence in Math Award

She is a semifinalist in the Siemens Competition (2012) and has received several science awards for her research during the past four years including Gold medal for her research at New York State Science Congress. She is a Gold medalist at Long Island Math Fair for past 3 years. One of the goals of her life is to share the joy of life with underprivileged children of the world. Meenakshi went to Nepal in 2009 and was inspired by Mr. Binod Roka to participate in UCEP- a program for upliftment of underprivileged Nepali Students. She raised funds to sponsor a program “Skylights for Schools” in Elementary Schools in the Solukhuma Region of Nepal which impacted about 10,000 children. For these contributions of hers, she was presented “Outstanding World Citizenship” award. Further, as one of the two principal organizers of a Charity Dance show for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, she raised $4500 towards the children cancer research during the year 2012.

Sanjula Singhal – Intel Science Talent Search 2013 Semifinalist Award.

The title of her Intel paper is:”Novel Technology for Brand Protection and Anti-Counterfeiting Measures using DNA and Fluorophore”.
She is a senior at Ward Melville High School. She is President of Red Cross Club, which she founded in 2011. She has helped set up and run booths for Elementary Math and Science Fairs, conducted Food Drive for a Soup Kitchen at a food pantry in Long Island, collected 2,000 books from the local community for children in Haiti after earthquake, volunteered at community garage sale event at Murphy JHS for people of Haiti, was part of Teen Advisory Committee in a Leadership Role at Emma Clark Library and made crafts for children with cancer at Emma Clark Library.

Sonia M. Joshi – Intel Science Talent Search 2013 Semifinalist Award

The title of her intel paper: Concomitant Protease Inhibitor Administration: Saquinavir and Ritonavir Reduce Septic Complications Minus Cognition.
Sonia Joshi is a curious and driven Jericho High School senior. She has a weighted average GPA above 4.0, is a National Merit Finalist, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and a recipient of the “Good Deed Award for Long Island Teenagers 2013”.She is Semifinalist in the Siemens Competition (2012), First place in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) (2013).First place at the Concours de Poesie (French Poetry Contest).She has been playing bass clarinet in Jericho’s Concert/Symphonic Band and Marching Band, and was named an All-State Musician and All-County Musician by NYSSMA (New York State Schools Music Association) (2011-13). She has actively pursued Swimming, Basketball and Badminton at the varsity level during her high school. In September 2012, she co-created, planned, organized and hosted a charity event called “Karisma” (a gift of dance & music) and raised nearly five thousand dollars in benefit of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Puja Bansal – Intel Science Talent Search 2013 Semifinalist Award

The title of her Intel paper is: Three Dimensional Molecular Imprinting for the Detection of Viral Pathogens.
Puja Bansal is a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School East. Recently, she worked at Stony Brook University performing experiments to develop a three dimensional method that could detect for viral pathogens. She ultimately created a biosensor, a potentiometeric wafer, that can be imprinted for certain viruses that were successfully cross tested, and improved the device by integrating microfluidics, thus maximizing the chip’s efficiency. She hopes to continue working on this project in the future so that it could one day be mass produced. In her spare time, she enjoys performing Odissi classical dance and playing tennis. She is an avid member of her school’s Debate and Science Olympiad teams and is President of the Model United Nations Club as well as the Indian-American Society. She will be attending Duke University as one of fifteen Algier B. Duke Scholars to study Biomedical Engineering and Public Policy.

Prerna Kohli – Excellence in Math Award

Prerna is a senior in Hicksville High School. Her first major achievement was winning New York State Regional Competition at the South Asian Spelling Bee Competition. She was inducted as a member in the National Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, National Social Studies Honor Society, National French Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. She received the AP Scholar Distinction award. She won several awards in mathematics competitions like Math Olympiad, Math League, AMC and represented her school at the Mega Moody Math Challenge for two years.