Hum Sub Youth Achievement Awards
Community Service Award
First Place Winner – Maya S. Nair
Maya is a Junior at Enloe Magnet High School. She’s a member of Enloe National Honor Society, Enloe Key Club, Cary Teen Council, Capital City Girls Choir at Meredith College and North Carolina Oral Health Youth Network Initiative. Maya is a Sports Editor for the Enloe ‘Eagles Eye’ Newspaper. She’s also the Co-Founder and Vice President of Enloe UNICEF Club. Maya is a Certified Soccer Referee and member of the North Carolina Soccer Referee Association. She has been playing Piano for the past 12 years.
Maya’s awards and achievements include President’s Volunteer Service Award and Mayor’s Volunteer Service Award. Maya is also an accomplished Piano player.
Second Place Winner – Rahul Bhatia
Rahul Bhatia, currently a sophomore at Triangle Math and Science Academy. He lives in Cary with his younger sister, parents, grandparents and his dog Simba.
He is the current President of DOC NC, an organization which has raised thousands of dollars over the last few years for children’s based charities in the US and in India.
Building on his passion for volunteering and giving back to the community, he recently launched a program at his school called TMSAtalks for industry and community leaders to speak to high school students about career planning and philanthropy related topics. Even though he was born and brought up in the US, he has strong Indian roots. He speaks Hindi fluently, enjoys Bollywood music and movies, and love Indian food; especially mithai. In his free time, he is an avid reader, a self-proclaimed tech nerd, and loves to play the guitar.
Education and Cultural Arts Award
First Place Winner – Rohan Deshpande
Rohan Deshpande is a senior at East Chapel Hill High School, NC. He has participated in Science, Business, and Eco competitions since sixth grade and has received international recognition in several of them. Over the course of last four years, he has invented an automatic IOT enabled light-switch for electricity savings, developed an autonomous aerial medical response system, and implemented a cafeteria composting and recycling initiative.
His awards include the Conrad first place Power Pitch award at NASA, a gold medal at the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition, a two-time INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair finalist award, and the Google Science Fair regional finalist award. He was invited to participate in CEE’s Research Science Institute at MIT in summer 2017 where he developed a low-cost collision avoidance system for aircraft. He plans to pursue a career in engineering/technology and entrepreneurship with a focus on developing innovative solutions for solving world’s pressing problems such as sustainable energy.
Second Place Winner – Radha Varadan
An aspiring dancer being trained in Kathak, Radha Varadan is currently a student of Guru Prashant Shah (senior disciple of Padma Bhushan Smt. Kumudini Lakhia). Radha started her Kathak training at the age of 6 and is currently a sophomore (10th grade) in high school. She has performed at a number of venues in her home state of North Carolina and in India, as well. She is a member of her guru’s dance company Prashant Shah and Dancers.
Additionally, Radha has been studying ballet for the past 11 years and has performed as a member of the International Ballet Company. She also studies Modern Dance and Choreography in high school and has choreographed dance pieces as part of school curriculum.