Discus Award Winner
12th Grade, NH
Whether it is receiving straight A's throughout her high school career or being the Vice President of National Honor Society, Tamanna is a hard-working and determined student. She always challenges herself and is committed to intellectual growth. Some of the many rigorous courses that she has taken in high school include AP Chemistry, AP Physics, Ethics, AP Calculus (AB and BC), Advanced Biology, and Advanced topics Spanish. She is also President of the Spanish National Honor Society at her school and a serious competitor in her school's math team. In addition to her love and interest in learning, she also loves watching others learn and helping them to achieve their greatest potential. For this reason she often tutors her peers.
Tamanna has done over 300 hours of community service throughout her high school career alone. Her biggest achievement in this category is that she is the Founder & President of a community service organization called "Nursing House Party" in which high school students plan activities to do with the residents of local nursing homes. United Way Youth Venture funded her and her group $1,000 to start this program. Additionally, she has assisted nurses at a local hospital, tutored peers, served food at a soup kitchen, helped out with Indian Association of New Hampshire events and Youth Group community service activities. She also performed Indian classical dances for local charities, helped out students at Sunrise Children’s Center, and worked with non-profit musical productions.
Tamanna has been learning Bharatnatyum, a classical Indian dance form, for 13 years. Currently, she is learning from Guru Jasmine Shah at Angikam Academy and has performed in front of over 3,000 people at a time. This passion has taught her how important it is to be active, how to effectively work with others, and how to completely commit herself to something and grow as a result of vigorous training. Dance has also taught her a lot about her heritage and has allowed her to connect with the Indian community in her area. She is also a part of the dance club at her school and dances at school functions and charity events. Lastly, she has a brown-black belt in kenpo karate. The art of karate has taught her self-discipline, responsibilty, and dedication.