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Nivedha Soundappan aims for the…asteroids

Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen Email Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen
June 2017
Nivedha Soundappan aims for the…asteroids

Nivedha Soundappan of Warner Robins, Georgia was recently accepted into Yale, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, the California Institute of Technology, Duke, Rice, and Georgia Tech as a Stamps President’s Scholar. With a perfect score of 1600 in SAT, and 35 in ACT, the former Georgia FBLA State Secretary and policy debate national champion aspires to work for NASA and contribute to humanity’s knowledge of space. At the Yale Summer Program in Astrophysics, she did research under Dr. Michael Faison of the Yale Astronomy Department to project the orbital of a near-Earth asteroid for the next million years.

Nivedha is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, having completed her arangetram. She enjoys playing tennis and serving the community as Miss Houston County High School or through the various projects and clubs she has organized in her community. Recently named a 2017 Coke Scholar (along with Nitish Sood of Alpharetta High School), and a Golden Eagle winner (along with middle Georgia’s Zainab Siddiqui, Aiza Aslam, and Afnan Khan), she is particularly passionate about women’s empowerment and digital rights. Nivedha attributes her success to the people and organizations who encouraged her to pursue her passion through extracurriculars, including her parents, the high school staff, and many other mentors. She plans to attend Stanford in the fall and pursue a degree in astronautical engineering.

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Nivedha and other 2017 Golden Eagle winners (sponsored by middle Georgia’s newspaper, The Telegraph), including
Zainab Siddiqui, Stratford Academy, English/Literature winner,
Aiza Aslam, Houston County High School, English/Literature honorable mention,
Afnan Khan, Central High School, Foreign Language honorable mention,
Nivedha Soundappan, Houston County High School, Science winner.

Nivedha and other Coke winners, including, from Georgia
Nitish Sood of Alpharetta High School.
The 150 Coca-Cola Scholars each receive a $20,000 college scholarship and have joined a family of alumni who are leading positive change in their communities and around the world.
They participated in a Leadership Development Institute, an intensive leadership training during Scholars Weekend that challenges them to develop an inside-out leadership philosophy.

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