More than 4,500 Indian Americans From 37 States Attend North South Foundation’s Annual Finals at MIT

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CAMBRIDGE, MA—More than 4,500 Indian Americans, including 1,400 students from across the United States attended the annual national finals of North South Foundation, a non-profit organization that gives 2,000 scholarships annually to the bright but economically disadvantaged students in India so they can achieve a college education.

Savitha Rajiv

2019 also celebrated the 30th Anniversary since the inception of North South Foundation. More than 1,400 kids from 27 states competed in 16 different contests.

“The 2019 National Finals was a huge success, thanks to the thousands of hours of tireless work put in by over 400 dedicated team of Volunteers,” said Savitha Rajiv, National Finals Convener of the North South Foundation.

As the Convener and organizer of the event, Ms. Rajiv was responsible for overseeing all the 20 different core committees. These committees were formed based on the functional tasks that needed to be performed during the pre- event, during event and post-event. Each committee had 2 leads who worked closely with the Convener to plan and execute that committee’s functional tasks.

Dr. Ratnam Chitturi, Founder of North South Foundation, applauded the grand success of the three-day convention, which was held on the MIT campus.

“Kudos to Savitha and her team for a wonderful and unforgettable event,” said Mr. Chitturi. “2019 Finals at MIT and 30th Anniversary watermark will remain a defining moment in the NorthSouth Journey.”

Madavi Nathan Oliver

Madavi Nathan Oliver, one of the early volunteers of the Boston chapter of the North South Foundation and this year’s chair for the fundraising, said this year’s event was much bigger than 10 years ago.

“I have been involved with NorthSouth Massachusetts chapter since its inception and this is the second finals event we are conducting at MIT. This year’s event was much bigger than ten years ago, I think it is one of the largest annual event, drawing 1,500 contestants (and 2500+ parents) from all over the country to compete,” Ms. Oliver said.  More than 400 Massachusetts and New Hampshire volunteers helped organize this event. The three days of competition were intense and we are proud of the young participants. We raised over $100,000 from generous Boston area entrepreneurs and businesses and are thankful for their support.”

Here are some of the activities of NorthSouth Foundation:

  • NorthSouth conducts 17 different educational bees in the US each spring and hosts the National Finals in the summer .
  • NorthSouth offers a wide variety of online coaching in educational topics including Math, Science, Geography as well as SAT coaching.
  • NorthSouth also offers online classes in Universal Values and Life skills like Confidence Building & Computer Programming. https://www.northsouth.org/public/USContests/Coaching.
  • NorthSouth offers online as well as onsite workshops in various educational topics to help the kids prepare for the upcoming contests.
  • Ambassador Program for NorthSouth Alumni (APNA) is a program that will allow Indian American students in High schools and Colleges to volunteer in India during their summer break or any extended visit.
  • The North South Alumni Association is made up of members who have phased out of contest age but would like to continue to be involved in various activities within the organization, including planning 5K runs, bike-a-thons, fundraising activities, table talks and mentorship.

Funding for the India Scholarship program comes from the above activities.

Photo: Facebook/Shitanshu Shekhar

India Activities

  • Since 2016, NorthSouth has offered Bee competitions in Spelling, Vocab, Math & Science in various chapters in India.
  • Cash scholarship programs to fund college education to deserving kids.
  • Non-cash scholarship programs including: Computer camps in high schools workshops in English, Math and Science.
  • NorthSouth has partnered with the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya(JNV) schools in india to help the students and teachers from the rural areas in the over 600 schools actoss the country.
  • NorthSouth has also signed MOUs with various Universities to reach out to more deserving students and fund their college education.

Here are winners in each category at this year’s competition:

RankChild FNameChild LNameGrade
JUNIOR SPELLING BEE
1DhruvSubramanian3
2SrinidhiRao3
3ShradhaRachamreddy3
4NithikaRangan3
5KavinElangovan3
6NeevShaw3
7SriyaGomatam3
8VivinshaVeduru3
9AnjaliChauhan2
10DhruvSoundarapandian2
SENIOR SPELLING BEE
1NavneethMurali7
2SaharshVuppala5
3NityaKathiravan5
4HariniLogan5
5AtmanBalakrishnan7
6PranavNandakumar8
7DeetyaVuppala5
8VayunKrishna6
9MeganLynch7
10AryaReddyvari7
JUNIOR VOCABULARY BEE
1VivinshaVeduru3
2AveekSarkar2
3TahanChoudhury3
4DhruvSubramanian3
5SiddharthUmamahesh2
6DiyaBalur3
7AbhinavNambi3
8AnayGanesh3
9RohithKonduri3
10NithikaRangan3
INTERMEDIATE VOCABULARY BEE
1AkhilsaiDamera7
2IshyaBhavsar6
3NityaKathiravan5
4MeganLynch7
5NehaChelamkuri8
6YuvanChali8
7RanjanaRamesh8
8NithyaKrishna8
9PranaavSenthilkumar7
10HariniLogan5
MATH BEE LEVEL 1
1AldenRaymond2
2AryanShome2
3AveekSarkar2
4VedJhunjhunwala2
5PuranjayMadupu2
6RananjayParmar2
7AnaySahu2
8AdvaitJoshi1
9SuhasDevarakonda2
10NirdvaitaChandrana2
MATH BEE LEVEL 2
1ZubinTalwar4
2SuvamKonar5
3VishnuMangipudi5
4SohilRathi5
5AdvaithMopuri5
6JiyaSingla5
7HariniVenkatesh5
8ShrutodheeGoswami5
9AdritaSamanta5
10KesavKalanidhi4
MATH BEE LEVEL 3
1BhushanMohanraj7
2NilayMishra8
3RitwinNarra6
4ShaanKeole7
5GarimaRastogi7
5ShreevGoyal7
7AkshayKumar8
8AahanMehra8
9RohithRaghavan6
10SukrithVelmineti8
JUNIOR GEOGRAPHY BEE
1Lakshya PradhyayVeguru2
2SiddhuNagarajan3
3RishikKundu3
4PranavKuchibhotla2
5YashJaju3
6JohnAlex2
7SiddhanthKumar2
8DhruvSubramanian3
9AaradhyaPradhan3
10AdvaitDuvvuru2
SENIOR GEOGRAPHY BEE
1KaylanPatel7
2SatvikPochiraju5
3JishnuNayak6
4AdityaNarayanan7
5AaronCastelino6
6AshmithKumbala7
7SreesragveeAtluri7
8AvnithKumar6
9AdrijaKundu8
10NirmalMelam4
SENIOR ESSAY WRITING
1RishiNair9
2AvyaySurampalli11
3SuhaniBalachandran10
4AishaniSaxena10
5AnishaAtre9
6BharathanSundar10
7AbigailThomas9
8AdityaVargheese11
9SamarjitKaushik10
10SreeyaRakasi10
SENIOR PUBLIC SPEAKING
1RajveerKindra10
2AvyaySurampalli11
3SuhaniBalachandran10
4HrushikeshSaranu9
5RishiNair9
6AleenaHaris11
7AryaanJena9
8AishaniSaxena10
9AmirHameed9
10AnishaAtre9
SENIOR BRAIN BEE
1AryanVerma11
2GowriKamma10
3PriyankaSenthil10
4AdhvikaArunkumar10
5AjayPathakamuri10
6ShreyaMogulothu9
7SreenikethVogoti10
8AyushNoori11
9IshanPanpaliya9
10DeboshriKanjilal9
JUNIOR SCIENCE BEE
1RajarshiMandal3
2MayaHulyalkar3
3AldenRaymond2
4Sai SamhithKota2
5AnikaMalyavanatham3
6DhruvSubramanian3
7NavitaMishra3
8SiddarthSankar3
9AryanPadarthi3
10TahanChoudhury3
INTERMEDIATE SCIENCE BEE
1AnandSwaroop4
2HariniVenkatesh5
3ArushGoswami5
4ShrutodheeGoswami5
5RijulAshar5
6AnishKodali4
7KaranVerma4
8SohilRathi5
9KriviPartani4
10SahasraYellepeddi5
SENIOR SCIENCE BEE
1RoshniParulekar-Martins8
2VishnuMangipudi5
3SukrithVelmineti8
4IlanchezhianPalpandian8
5VedangSinghal8
6Chegu VijayAashray7
7RohanVenkatesh7
8SahanaBehera7
9BalaadithyaMuralitharan6
10SamyanNakkella8
INTERMEDIATE BRAIN BEE
1MadhalasaIyer8
2AumJhaveri7
3SriramKutty8
4AjaytejaKavuri6
5VigneshAnand8
6ShrutiChakrapani8
7KarthikPyneni8
8DiyaPendyala7
9RakshitBisoi7
10RidhayPasupuleti8

 

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